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Holden Still Has Most Money of Three Gov. Candidates

Missouri Gov. Bob Holden (file photo)
Missouri Gov. Bob Holden (file photo)


Jefferson City, MO – New campaign reports show Missouri Governor Bob Holden has twice as much money as either of his challengers.

Holden raise more than $1 million during the last three months of 2003 and has about $3 million in the bank. His Democratic challenger, Auditor Claire McCaskill, and Republican Matt Blunt both have about $1.5 million on hand.

A University of Missouri political scientist, Rick Hardy, says the numbers show Holden will run a tough campaign. But Hardy says Blunt's also in good shape, especially considering that he isn't expected to face a GOP primary challenge.

Hardy adds McCaskill's $400,000 loan to her campaign shows she is serious about her campaign.

Gubernatorial Candidate Funds, End of 2003
CandidateParty Raised Spent On Hand
Bob Holden Democrat $4,712,480 $1,626,200 $3,119,550
Claire McCaskill Democrat $1,434,966 $339,435 $1,592,177
Matt Blunt Republican $2,429,599 $929,328 $1,464,950