- Associated Press - Monday, July 13, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - In the first six months of this year, Democratic candidate John Gregg raised more money than incumbent Republican Gov. Mike Pence in Indiana’s governor race, according to new campaign fundraising numbers.

Gregg raised $1.76 million through June 30, about $125,000 more than the $1.63 million collected by Pence. Gregg received a handful of $100,000 to $200,000 donations from regional and national labor unions, The Indianapolis Star (https://indy.st/1LboL41 ) reported.

Although the difference doesn’t seem that significant, it should concern the governor, said Laura Albright, a political science professor at the University of Indianapolis.

“It’s rare for a challenger to raise more money than an incumbent, especially a Democratic challenger in a primarily Republican state,” she said. “I think it speaks to donors’ concerns about some of the issues from the past legislative session.”

Those issues included a power struggle with Democratic state schools chief Glenda Ritz, a repeal of the state’s wage-setting law for public construction projects and a controversial religious freedom measure.



“These figures show, once again, that Hoosiers are tired of being embarrassed by Mike Pence,” Gregg said. “They want a leader. They want a governor who will bring us together to move Indiana forward.”

But Pence has $4.23 million in his campaign coffers, more than twice as much as Gregg’s $1.84 million. It’s also unlikely that the governor would burn through that money as fast as Gregg because he doesn’t have a primary challenger.

“We absolutely love where we are from a fundraising perspective,” said Robert Vane, a spokesman for the Pence campaign, “especially in terms of our over 2-1 advantage in cash on hand and the fact that over 90 percent of our donors come from Indiana. We believe this is a record-breaking cash-on-hand amount for a sitting governor at this point in his first term.”

It’s still unclear whether Gregg’s opponents in the Democratic party, Ritz and Sen. Karen Tallian, will be able to raise enough money to run formidable campaigns.

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Information from: The Indianapolis Star, https://www.indystar.com

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