Beebe Has 3-to-1 Cash Advantage in Final Days of Campaign

NOVEMBER 1, 2006 - Posted at 7:32 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Democrat Mike Beebe enters the final week of the governor's race with a three-to-one cash advantage over Republican Asa Hutchinson, according to campaign finance reports filed yesterday.

Beebe maintained his fundraising lead over Hutchinson this month, raising $645,823 between October 1 and October 28, compared with $216,101 raised by Hutchinson.  Beebe has $650,364 in cash on hand and Hutchinson has $211,411.

Yesterday was the deadline for candidates to file their last contribution and expenditure report with the state before the November 7 election.

Overall, Beebe has raised $6.3 million and spend $5.7 million in his bid for governor.  Hutchinson, a former Congressman, has raised nearly $3.3 million and spent about $3.1 million.

Green Party gubernatorial nominee Jim Lendall reported raising $6,745 in October, bringing his total contributions to $10,395.  Lendall spent $5,074 in October, bringing his total expenditures to $9,633.  Lendall has $762 in cash on hand.

Independent candidate Rod Bryan had not filed a report late yesterday.

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