- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Heading into the final weeks of campaigning, Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein has nearly four times as much cash on hand as New Hampshire’s Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan.

Candidates for statewide office reported Wednesday how much they’ve raised and spent since the Sept. 9 primary, revealing the overall health and spending habits of each campaign.

Since the primary, Hassan has raised $317,000, spent $1 million, and has $180,000 cash on hand. Havenstein has raised $757,000 in that period; most of it - $550,000 - is his own money. He’s spent $650,000 in the five weeks since the primary and has $705,000 cash on hand.

Both campaigns say the numbers show their candidate is in a strong position to win on Nov. 4.

“We’re confident that we have the resources we need to show voters the clear choice between Governor Hassan’s bipartisan leadership … and failed CEO Walt Havenstein’s Koch Brothers agenda,” Hassan campaign manager Marc Goldberg said.

“Walt is raising money strongly because people have seen that he can win. We have much more cash on hand than Maggie Hassan and are in a strong position going into the final three weeks,” Havenstein spokesman Henry Goodwin said.

About 90 percent of the $1 million Hassan spent went toward buying airtime for television ads, including purchasing future time for the final three weeks, her campaign said. She’s run several positive television hits highlighting legislation she’s signed during her first time. She’s also run ads hitting Havenstein’s tenure leading a defense contracting company.

Havenstein spent about $450,000 on media production and television buys. His ads have focused on his plan to create jobs and hit Hassan for poor management of the state’s budget.

In 2012, Hassan and her Republican opponent Ovide Lamontagne spent a combined $627,000 between the primary and the general, less than half of the spending this cycle.

The Republican committee, aimed at keeping control of the state Senate, reported $113,000 cash on hand, compared to $45,000 for its Democratic counterpart. The New Hampshire Democratic Party has raised about five times that of the New Hampshire Republican Party since the primary.

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