Arkansas AG Leslie Rutledge raises $190K in bid for governor

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FILE – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge speaks outside the Supreme Court March 4, 2020, in Washington. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge raised $190,970 over the past three months in her bid for Arkansas governor, her campaign said Friday, Oct. 15, 2021 as she continued trailing former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders in fundraising for the state’s top office. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s campaign for governor reports it’s raised nearly $191,000 over the past three months.

Rutledge’s campaign on Friday said the latest contributions brought her total fundraising haul to more than $1.6 million since she announced her candidacy last year.

Rutledge is lagging behind fellow Republican rival and former White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, who reported raising $2.1 million during the quarter.

In a release, Rutledge contended that despite pacing behind her rival in terms of campaign cash, her donors are a true representation of the Natural State.

“I will continue to keep my campaign focused on Arkansas and issues that are important to Arkansans,” she said in the statement. “While over 80% of donors to my campaign are from Arkansas, 87% of my opponent’s donors are from out-of-state.”

The two are running to succeed Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who is barred by term limits from seeking reelection.

Rutledge’s campaign reported having more than $1 million cash on hand.

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