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Parson Galloway

Democrat Nicole Galloway (left), Republican Mike Parson (right)

JEFFERSON CITY — Democratic state Auditor Nicole Galloway raised more in the past quarter than her likely 2020 opponent in the race for governor, her campaign reported Thursday.

But Republican Gov. Mike Parson still holds a wide fundraising lead over Galloway as the two build their war chests heading into the election season.

For the three-month period ending Sept. 30, Galloway’s personal campaign committee reported raising $544,829.

That compares to the $316,000 generated by Parson’s personal committee.

A separate political action committee dedicated to raising money for Galloway received $517,500 during the same time period, resulting in a net total of more than $1 million.

A PAC established for Parson raised $1.5 million, giving him a net total of more than $5.7 million as he seeks a full, four-year term.

While contributions to personal campaign committees are capped at $2,650, donations to the PACs are unlimited.

Among donors to Galloway’s PAC are the United Auto Workers and the Plumbers & Pipefitters unions, which gave $30,000 each.

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“I’m running for governor to put Jefferson City back on the side of working families and it is clear that Missourians are ready for a new way,” Galloway said. “For too long, Missouri government has delivered for the well connected who get what they want while Missouri families continue to struggle. As auditor, I’ve fought against the broken system. As governor, I’ll end it.”

Galloway is the lone Democrat holding a statewide office. She was appointed to the post in 2015 by former Gov. Jay Nixon following the death of Tom Schweich. She won a full term in November 2018 and then announced her bid for governor the following August.

Like Parson, she touted the amount of in-state donors. According to her campaign, 92% are from Missouri. Parson, the former lieutenant governor who took over in June 2018 after the resignation of Eric Greitens, said 98% of his donors are from within the state.

Prior to her appointment as auditor, Galloway served as the elected treasurer of Boone County.

Parson is the front-runner for the GOP nomination next year. His lone opponent in the primary is Rep. Jim Neely of Cameron.

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