- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 27, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Retired Kiawah Island developer Pat McKinney appears to be leading the money race for the GOP’s lieutenant governor nominee, just two weeks before primary voters go to the polls.

McKinney’s pre-election report, filed Monday, shows he has about $202,000 available for the June 10 four-way Republican primary. The $832,000 total he’s raised for the election since last August includes a $245,000 loan to himself. McKinney was the first Republican to jump into the race. His second TV ad of the campaign began airing Monday.

He’s raised about $95,000 since March 31, when candidates filed their first-quarter disclosures.

Former two-term Attorney General Henry McMaster reported Friday having about $103,000 cash on hand. Since announcing his candidacy, his fundraising has outpaced McKinney‘s. McMaster didn’t jump into the race until late March. He reported raising more than $225,400 since March 31. His first statewide TV ad began airing last week.

Retired Army chaplain Ray Moore reported Saturday having about $6,700 available, following his release of a radio ad. He’s raised about $22,500 so far in the second quarter. Overall, he’s collected about $33,300.

Mike Campbell, the younger son of the late Gov. Carroll Campbell, had not yet filed his pre-election report as of Tuesday. He also entered the race in late March. He wrapped up a seven-day tour of all 46 counties on Friday.

State law required candidates with a primary opponent to file a report by Monday, 15 days before the election, but a grace period essentially extends that deadline to Saturday.

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