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Missouri candidates show bank balances heading into the home stretch

Eric Greitens, left, and Chris Koster with images of money
Jason Rosenbaum and Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio
Eric Greitens, left, and Chris Koster

The latest campaign finance reports show that Democrat Chris Koster is heading into the final weeks of the campaign for Missouri governor with far more money in the bank than Republican Eric Greitens. But the numbers aren’t up to date.

The reports, due Monday, show Koster with $6.58 million on hand. That compares to $2.7 million for Greitens. But those totals are only through Sept. 30. Since then, Greitens has gotten $6.5 million from the Republican Governors Association and Koster has collected at least $1 million from various labor groups.

The upshot is that they are about tied.

The duo’s tallies also don’t include the outside groups that are spending money on the candidates’ behalf but not donating directly to their campaigns.

The latest reports cover only the period since late August. Greitens appeared to raise the most during those two months: $4.2 million, compared to Koster’s $3.5 million, including in-kind contributions.

Here are the latest numbers for the other major-party statewide candidates, as of Sept. 30. The money raised and spent is only for the third quarter reporting period.

Lieutenant Governor

Republican Mike Parson: $538,872 raised, $95,923 spent, $501,066 in the bank.

Democrat Russ Carnahan: $1.06 million raised, $825,510 spent, $209,793 in the bank.

Attorney General

Republican Josh Hawley: $3.3 million raised, $99,871 spent ,$4.3 million in the bank.

Democrat Teresa Hensley: $1.1 million raised, $1.079 million spent, $1.148 million in the bank.

State Treasurer

Republican Eric Schmitt: $166,810 raised, $173,299 spent, $2.5 million in the bank.
Democrat Judy Baker: $152,522 raised, $60,538 spent, $350,314 in the bank.

Secretary of State

Republican Jay Ashcroft: $367,876 raised, $46,677 spent, $397,129 in the bank.

Democrat Robin Smith: $63,628 raised, $35,682 spent, $349,641 in the bank.

Hannah Westerman contributed to this article.

Jo Mannies has been covering Missouri politics and government for almost four decades, much of that time as a reporter and columnist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the first woman to cover St. Louis City Hall, was the newspaper’s second woman sportswriter in its history, and spent four years in the Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau. She joined the St. Louis Beacon in 2009. She has won several local, regional and national awards, and has covered every president since Jimmy Carter. She scared fellow first-graders in the late 1950s when she showed them how close Alaska was to Russia and met Richard M. Nixon when she was in high school. She graduated from Valparaiso University in northwest Indiana, and was the daughter of a high school basketball coach. She is married and has two grown children, both lawyers. She’s a history and movie buff, cultivates a massive flower garden, and bakes banana bread regularly for her colleagues.