Democratic gubernatorial hopeful ends 2023 with $7M advantage

(The Center Square) – Democratic governor hopeful Josh Stein entered 2024 with a $7 million campaign finance advantage over the Republican favorite.

According to campaign finance reports closed on Dec. 31, the state attorney general had $11.5 million in the bank to $4.2 million for Republican Mark Robinson. The latter is the state’s lieutenant governor and a polling favorite thus far in the bid to succeed Gov. Roy Cooper.

Stein and Robinson are far ahead of other major candidates. Republican Bill Graham has $2.5 million mostly from loans and Republican state Treasurer Dale Folwell was at $111,913. On the Democrats’ side, former state Supreme Court Justice Mike Morgan reported $119,296.

In all but one major poll, the polling site FiveThirtyEight has Robinson ahead of Stein.

Super Tuesday primaries are March 5.

Both leading gubernatorial campaigns say they have achieved record success.

Robinson said the $9.9 million raised in 2023, cash on hand, and
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