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Originally published July 1, 2011 at 5:55 PM | Page modified July 1, 2011 at 6:52 PM

McKenna, Inslee both already over $500,000 raised

The leading candidates to be Washington's next governor have both raised more than half a million dollars in the opening weeks of their campaigns, officials said Friday.

Associated Press

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OLYMPIA, Wash. —

The leading candidates to be Washington's next governor have both raised more than half a million dollars in the opening weeks of their campaigns, officials said Friday.

Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna raised more than $600,000 through the end of June, a spokeswoman said. Meanwhile, Democratic U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee brought in more than $500,000 after announcing his candidacy later in the month.

Neither campaign had specific numbers or the amount of cash remaining after accounting for expenses.

"We are excited," McKenna spokeswoman Mariana Parks said. "We think it indicates that people across the state are excited about his new direction for Washington."

Inslee's political director, Joby Shimomura, said the campaign felt good about his numbers - especially since McKenna had more time to campaign. McKenna formally entered the race June 8. Inslee stepped into the race June 27, although a campaign filing indicated that he started drawing donations a week before.

Both campaigns said the candidates have not put any personal money into the race. McKenna's numbers did not include any transfers from his campaign fund for attorney general.

Washington's race for governor is one of the nation's most closely watched campaigns, and both sides say the race will likely cost millions. The leading candidates for governor in 2008 raised and spent more than $10 million each.

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Associated Press writer Mike Baker can be reached at http://twitter.com/MikeBakerAP

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