McKee takes financial lead among primary opponents in race for governor

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Newly filed campaign finance reports show that Gov. Dan McKee has taken the lead financially in the Democratic primary for governor.

According to the most recent campaign finance report, McKee has raised over $1.2 million as of June 30. This comes after McKee aired his first paid TV ad highlighting his term as governor last month.

“Rhode Islanders want to see more of the momentum that Gov. McKee has delivered in his first year and a half in office – and the latest fundraising numbers are a strong indicator,” said Brexton Isaacs, campaign manager for the governor.

A Morning Consult poll found that he is the lowest rated governor in the country in terms of constituent approval, with his approval rating amongst Rhode Islanders standing at 38%.

Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea is second behind McKee, with nearly $800,000 raised last month.

A poll Gorbea’s campaign released Monday found Gorbea leads at 27%, followed by McKee at 22% and Helena Foulkes at 14%, with 20% of voter still undecided.

Democratic candidate Helena Foulkes sits with a balance of nearly $700,000. She was endorsed by Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza last week.

Former Secretary of State Matt Brown had $67,000, and Luis Daniel Muñoz had less than $2,000.

Frontrunner Republican candidate Ashley Klaus reported having $1.1 million.

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