Hutchinson leads Ross in monthly fundraising; Ross has more on hand

LITTLE ROCK —Republican candidate for governor Asa Hutchinson led Democratic opponent Mike Ross in May fundraising, though Ross had more cash on hand at the end of the month, according to campaign finance reports filed Monday.

In filings with the secretary of state’s office, Hutchinson reported that his campaign raised $229,588 and spent $169,925 in the May reporting period, which began May 11.

His Democratic opponent, Mike Ross, reported that his campaign raised $193,883 and spent $558,530 during the reporting period.

The Hutchinson campaign said in a news release that counting contributions from May 1-10, the campaign had its best fundraising month yet with more than $300,000 received.

Hutchinson reported having $958,824 on hand. Ross reported having $1.6 million in the bank.

Hutchinson and Ross, both former congressmen, defeated lesser-known candidates in the May 20 primary.

Also running for governor are Green Party candidate Joshua Drake and Libertarian Frank Gilbert, neither of whom filed campaign finance reports Monday.

Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe is prohibited by term limits from seeking a third term.