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McInnis’ fundraising foreshadows tight gubernatorial race

Jessica Fender
The Denver Post

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Scott McInnis raised more in the third quarter than incumbent Democrat Gov. Bill Ritter, surprising politics watchers in the first peek at the former congressman’s fundraising efforts.

Part of McInnis’ $549,000 comes from the low-hanging fruit that candidates enjoy when they first start raising cash, said political analyst Eric Sondermann. But Ritter, who clocked in at $452,000, should be doing better, he said.

“You would expect an incumbent to lead in these battles,” Sondermann said. “The clear answer is this is going to be a very contested battle not only on the political side but also the financial side.”

Ritter campaign manager David Kenney points out McInnis has been a full-time candidate, while Ritter has dealt with massive budget cuts at the state level.

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