AL GOV: Gov. Kay Ivey (R) raised $89,000 last month and reported $2.1 million on hand as of Jan. 31. (Hotline reporting)
GA GOV: Former state House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams (D) “will report raising about $1.7 million over the last seven months, bringing her total fundraising haul for her campaign for governor to roughly $2.2 million. … The contributions came from more than 14,000 donors.” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
LA GOV: Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) “reported Thursday that he’s sitting on a $5 million campaign account to run for re-election next year. Edwards … raised more than $2 million in 2017. … Edwards’ campaign said 85 percent of last year’s contributions came from Louisiana residents.” (AP)
MA GOV: Gov. Charlie Baker (R) raised $179,000 between Jan. 16 and 31 and reported $7.3 million to start February. His running mate, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito (R), reported an additional $3.3 million on hand. (Hotline reporting)
NE GOV: Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) raised $1.7 million and had $1.4 million cash on hand as of Dec. 31. State Sen. Bob Krist (I) had $14,000 cash on hand and raised a little over $45,000. (Omaha World-Herald)
TN GOV: “In the most recent fundraising period,” Rep. Diane Black (R) “raised the most from donors, with more than $1.7 million, and state House Speaker Beth Harwell (R) ended with the flushest bank account, topping $5 million.” (AP)
Correction: This post originally cited an outdated report for Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R).
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