- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Spending by the five candidates vying to become Rhode Island’s next governor has exploded and reached a rate of nearly $600,000 per week.

Campaign finance reports filed Tuesday show the candidates collectively spent more than $3.5 million in the six-week period from July 1 to Monday.

The primary is Sept. 9 and is competitive for both Democrats and Republicans.

The biggest spender was Democrat Gina Raimondo, who spent $1.4 million, followed by fellow Democrat Clay Pell, who spent $1.2 million. They both had TV ads in heavy rotation, accounting for much of the more than $200,000 per week they’re each spending.

Democrat Angel Taveras spent less than $100,000 per week, while Republicans Allan Fung and Ken Block have spent comparatively little, just $28,000 and $20,000 per week respectively.

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