FRANKFORT — Republican David Williams raised about $500,000 for his gubernatorial bid in a Lexington fund-raiser Wednesday, his campaign said.
Campaign manager Scott Jennings said Thursday that contributions were still being counted from Williams' first fund-raiser some five months before the May primary election.
Williams is running on a ticket with former University of Kentucky basketball star Richie Farmer, a Clay County native who has served two terms as the state's agriculture commissioner.
Williams is vying for the GOP nomination with Tea Party favorite Phil Moffett of Louisville. Both Republican candidates need to play catch-up with Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear, who campaign finance reports show had raised $3.1 million as of Sept. 30.
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Moffett, a Louisville businessman and political newcomer, on Thursday was at the Republican Governors Association meeting in San Diego seeking fresh sources of campaign cash and trying to build his stature with a national GOP that will be closely watching Kentucky's governor's race, one of only three in the nation next year.