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Ross raises $540,000 in bid for Arkansas governor last month, outpacing $360,000 by Hutchinson

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LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — Democrat Mike Ross on Wednesday reported raising more than $540,000 last month in his bid for Arkansas governor, outpacing the fundraising reported by Republican rival Asa Hutchinson.

Ross's campaign said the September fundraising figures means he's raised more than $6.2 million since launching his bid last year. Ross spent more than $520,000 during the month and ended with more than $327,000 in the bank.

Ross said he believed the numbers showed he was in a strong position for the Nov. 4 election.

"Our message of putting commonsense solutions over partisan politics continues to resonate across this great state, and we are approaching election day in a very strong position," Ross said in a statement.

Hutchinson announced raising $360,000 during the month, bringing his total to more than $3.8 million. Hutchinson reported more than $241,000 in the bank and spent more than $785,000 last month.

Hutchinson's campaign also expressed confidence about his fundraising numbers.

"We have exceeded all of our budget goals and expectations and we have the momentum heading into the final days of this race," campaign manager Jon Gilmore said in a statement.

Both campaigns reported spending the bulk of their money on television ads, which have been blanketing the state's airwaves. Hutchinson reported spending more than $633,000 on TV ads, compared with more than $300,000 by Ross. The Center for Public Integrity last month said spending on TV ads for governor and other state offices had increased by 486 percent compared with the 2010 election.

The two ex-congressmen are running to succeed Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe, who's barred by term limits from seeking re-election.

Republicans believe they are poised to reclaim the office after winning control of the state Legislature in the 2012 election.


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