Former Louisville Metro councilman Hal Heiner, the only announced candidate in the 2015 race for governor, gave his campaign $200,000 of his own money during the first fundraising quarter of 2014.
After announcing his run at the beginning of March, with Lexingtonian KC Crosbie as his running mate, Heiner raised just more than $86,000 by March 31.
After giving his campaign $200,000, Heiner started the second quarter with a little more than $191,000 in cash on hand.
"Hal and KC are thrilled with the level of support the campaign has received in the first few weeks since announcing their intentions," campaign manager Joe Burgan said in a statement. "In that time, the candidates have traveled all across Kentucky, beginning the process of building a statewide network of support."
Burgan said the campaign was in a "strong financial position" and would have the money needed "to communicate their positive message for Kentucky's future."
A Republican poll released just before Heiner entered the race suggested that Heiner, who ran unsuccessfully for mayor of Louisville in 2010, has his work cut out for him.
The poll, conducted Feb. 26 and 27 by Robert Blizzard at Public Opinion Strategies, showed Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, who is considering a bid for governor, leading Heiner 42 percent to 14 percent among 400 Republican primary voters. The margin of error was plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.
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