HELENA—Republican Rick Hill outraised his Democratic opponent, Attorney General Steve Bullock, slightly in the latest reporting period in the governor’s race, but Bullock still has a big financial lead over the ex-congressman.
The latest campaign finance reports filed Tuesday with the state political practices commissioner’s office showed that Hill had collected $53,512 to Bullock’s $51,595 for the period, which ran from June 21 through July 5.
For the period, Bullock spent $56,013, or more than he raised, while Hill’s expenses were $25,478.
As of July 5, Bullock had $772,550 in cash left, or more than five times than Hill’s $146,177
For the entire campaign, Bullock has reeled in $1,163,122 so far, while Hill has brought in $758,141.
For the June 5 primary, Bullock was able to stockpile his money because he faced only a last-minute, token challenge from a political unknown. He wound up with 86 percent of primary vote.
Hill, meanwhile, survived a competitive seven-way Republican primary in which he as the frontrunner became the target of some opponents’ attacks. He won the nomination with 34 percent of the vote, but had to spend down much of his campaign treasury.