​Reports: Ross has raised $5 million; Hutchinson $3 million in governor’s race


LITTLE ROCK — Democratic candidate for governor Mike Ross has raised $5.3 million and Republican candidate Asa Hutchinson has raised $3 million so far in the race, the campaigns said Friday.

Friday was the deadline for state candidates to file monthly campaign finance reports. Ross’ campaign said that in July it raised $306,660 and spent $1.2 million, of which $1.1 million went to buy television advertising that will air in the fall.

The Ross campaign reported it had $343,650 on hand as of July 31.

The Hutchinson campaign said Friday it raised $275,955 and spent $485,453 in July, with a portion of the spending going to buy television advertising for the fall.

Hutchinson’s campaign said it had $828,973 on hand at the end of last month.

Libertarian candidate for governor Frank Gilbert reported that he has raised $4,840 so far. The campaign raised $1,820 and spent $1,165 in July and ended the month with $2,703 on hand.

No campaign finance report was available Friday evening for Green party candidate Joshua Drake.​