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Colorado Governor's race draws campaign donations


Gov. John HIckenlooper is term-limited. - FILE PHOTO
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  • Gov. John HIckenlooper is term-limited.
The crowded race to succeed term-limited Gov. John Hickenlooper is heating up. According to The Denver Post, U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder, gave his campaign a total of $1.4 million; filings show he currently has $366,512 in his war chest. Another Democrat, former state treasurer Cary Kennedy, brought in $277,000 in the last quarter of 2017 and is sitting at $285,642, while Democrat Mike Johnston, a former state senator, finished the year with the most in his fund, $732,399.

On the Republican side, two contenders had trouble raising money in the latest term, The Post reports. Attorney General Cynthia Coffman and ex-Congressman Tom Tancredo brought in $85,000 and $75,000, respectively, in the last quarter. (Tancredo now has $62,996 in his war chest to Coffman’s $85,415.) State Treasurer Walker Stapleton raised $750,000 in the period, a third of that from himself, and his fund sits at $874,650. According to The Post, a new independent expenditure committee that backs Coffman, Stronger Colorado Ahead, raised $158,000. The largest campaign chest is held by Republican Victor Mitchell, a businessman and former state lawmaker who has given his campaign $3 million.

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