The field for the 2018 governor's race is firming up, and along with it the race for campaign funds. By the end of the last quarter of 2017, numbers from the Secretary of State show that Republican Walker Stapleton and Democrat Jared Polis were leading their respective packs.
On the Republican side, State Treasurer Stapleton reported $997,672.00. State Attorney General Cynthia Coffman brought in $100,000. Immigration hardliner and former congressman Tom Tancredo raised around $80,000. Businessman Victor Mitchell raised just over $5,200, but still has the largest war chest among the GOP hopeful after he loaned $3 million to his bid.
Congressman Polis brought in the biggest haul among Democrats, $802,887. He donated most of that money himself — about $750,000. He was followed by Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne, who gave $60,000 to her bid. Former State Treasurer Cary Kennedy was third in fundraising, but her campaign touts that she raised the most from supporters. Former State Senator Mike Johnston raised less, but has the most cash on hand among the ;Democrats.
Editor's Note: This story and headline have been updated to reflect Walker Stapleton's filing, which was not available when the story was first reported.