COLUMBIA — Gov. Nikki Haley raised more than $757,000 in contributions for 2013's final quarter, closing out the year with more than $3.7 million cash on hand, her campaign announced Friday.
South Carolina is on the move jobs are up, unemployment is down, and the truth is were just getting started, said Tim Pearson, Haley's campaign adviser, in a statement.
We are overwhelmed by the generous support of those who appreciate Gov. Haleys record and share her vision for a South Carolina where every citizen can find a job and every child has a chance to succeed.
Haley likely will face Democratic state Sen. Vincent Sheheen, a Camden attorney, in her November re-election contest. Sheheen's fundraising totals from October to December are not available yet.
The $757,000 Haley raised in the fourth quarter reflect a drop from the third quarter -- from July to September Haley raised $950,000 and entered October with $3.2 million on hand.
Haley's $3.7 million to spend is close to the nearly $4 million she raised for her 2010 campaign. Sheheen and Haley raised $8 million for that race combined.
Sheheen's third-quarter contributions in 2013 fell short of Haley's during the same period. From July to September, he raised about $566,000 after edging Haley in the previous quarter's fundraising.
Sheheen's campaign reported $1 million cash to spend entering October.
Today is the quarterly deadline for filing campaign reports with the S.C. Ethics Commission.
The fundraising totals also should give insight into how two other statewide races are going.
Running for lieutenant governor are Democratic state Rep. Bakari Sellers, an attorney who lives in Bamberg County, and Republican Pat McKinney, a Charleston developer and Haley ally.
Two Democrats have been campaigning for state Superintendent of Education -- state Rep. and retired high-school football coach Mike Anthony of Union and Fort Mill's Montrio Belton, a former Education Department employee who worked under state schools' chief Mick Zais. Zais recently announced he would not run for re-election.
Republican Gary Burgess, a Pendleton educator who ran for state schools' chief in 2010 and lost in the GOP primary, has decided to run.