SC Gov. Henry McMaster has more than nine to a banked advantage over Democratic challenger Joe Cunningham heading into the home stretch of the gubernatorial race.

McMaster, who is seeking a second full term, raised $2.1 million between July 1 and Oct. 19, his campaign reported, bringing his earning for the round to $7.6 million.

He ended the reporting period with over $2 million in cash.

The money will allow McMaster to get its message across until Election Day Nov. 8, as it has already booked airtime on broadcast channels in the state’s four major television markets.

“Thanks to the governor’s hard work, people across the state are responding — thanking him for his work, whether it’s keeping businesses open during COVID or fighting for pay raises for teachers and law enforcement – ​​and to ensure he has the resources to tell the story of what this work has meant,” McMaster-Evette campaign spokesman Brandon Charochak said.

Cunningham raised $1.2 million between July 1 and October 19, according to a press release from his campaign. This brings his loot for the cycle to $3.4 million since launching his campaign in April 2021.

Cunningham received more individual donations during the reporting period. His campaign received 11,000 contributions. McMaster received approximately 3,400 contributions.

However, Cunningham ended the reporting period with $220,000 in cash. Cunningham went on television after McMaster for the general election. He recently completed a college tour and posted two longer videos via social media, one featuring a woman who aborted after being raped at age 12 and a discussant of the shortage of teachers in the state.

Cunningham’s fundraising and spending report as of Tuesday afternoon had yet to be posted on the state’s ethics website.

Cunningham projected confidence despite the cash disadvantage.

“I am extremely grateful for the support we have received throughout this campaign,” Cunningham said. “We went to every corner of the state to get the kind of support needed to defeat Governor McMaster and take our state into the future.”

This story was originally published October 25, 2022 1:58 p.m.

Joseph Bustos is a state government and politics reporter at The State. He graduated from Northwestern University and previously worked in Illinois covering government and politics. He won reporting awards in Illinois and Missouri. He moved to South Carolina in November 2019.
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