Washington's tight race for governor attracts national spending
Washington's race for governor, widely viewed as one of the most competitive in the country, is being inundated by national dollars.
The Associated Press
OLYMPIA — National money is flowing into Washington's race for governor, with Democratic officials committing $1.25 million and Republicans reserving ad time for the November election.
The Washington race for governor is widely viewed as one of the most competitive in the nation.
Campaign-finance reports filed this week show the Democratic Governors Association made a $1 million donation to a Washington political group earlier this month.
The Our Washington political-action committee has also raised large chunks of money from unions, bringing its total to $2.3 million.
Our Washington has reserved some $2 million in ad time for the November election and plans to use that time to support Democratic candidate Jay Inslee and to question Republican hopeful Rob McKenna.
The Republican Governors Association has reserved airtime closer to the election, with Democrats who track ads estimating the total purchase is about $1.9 million.
In direct campaign contributions, both McKenna and Inslee have raised a little under $7 million, though Inslee has been buoyed by $1 million in donations from the state Democratic Party.
McKenna has more cash on hand, with $900,000 available.
Inslee burned through some of his cash for a recent ad buy used to introduce himself to voters.