As the GOP primary race for Governor heads into the home stretch, here are a couple of developments worth noting.
According to reports, Andre Bauer now leads cash on hand, as well as leading the GOP race for most cash raised in the last reporting cycle:
Bauer: 736,394.76, raised 274,315.26
Barrett: 647,626.59, raised 209,046.47
McMaster: 545,443.81, raised 141,7905
Haley: 387,347.85, raised 102,761.82
It's interesting to note that the rankings for cash and fundraising are the same.
With Haley far behind the pack in fundraising, getting as much earned and outside media is critical. While she got a boost from the Palin endorsement, the recent Will Folks accusations haven't helped, nor does the news that Reform SC responded to a temporary injunction against their Haley advocacy ads by agreeing to pull the ads entirely:
In a letter sent to Hayes and filed with the Clerk of Court's Office, ReformSC said it has made all "necessary and reasonable" attempts to make sure the ad does not air in South Carolina. The group, launched three years ago by Gov. Mark Sanford and his allies to promote their political agenda, stated it will not air the ad in question or similar ads.
The next two weeks ought to be interesting.
Thanks to Wes Wolfe, who has been showing his reporter prowess by digging into the names and numbers in Columbia as of late.