NASHVILLE - Tennessee Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee's campaign says the Franklin businessman's second quarter campaign disclosure will show him having raised some $400,000 during the period and having more than $3.5 million in cash on hand as of June 30.
"Momentum is building for Bill Lee at the perfect time. He has the resources and the support to win, and he is outworking every candidate in the field," said Stuart McWhorter, Lee Campaign Finance chairman, in a news release.
Chris Devaney, Lee's senior advisor and campaign manager, said the "strong second quarter fundraising numbers, along with our solid cash on hand, show that Bill Lee has the resources to continue his surge in the polls and ultimately to win the primary race for governor on August 2nd. Our fundraising momentum continues as Bill is rising in the polls and continues to outperform other candidates in debates and forums."
Second-quarter disclosures for the April 1 through June 30 period are due July 10 for candidates in Tennessee's Aug. 2 state and federal primaries and county general elections.
Other leading candidates in the GOP primary race are U.S. Rep. Diane Black of Gallatin, Knoxville entrepreneur and former state economic and community development commissioner Randy Boyd and Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell of Nashville.
Early voting starts July 13.