NASHVILLE - Republican gubernatorial hopeful Bill Haslam says he raised more than $1.7 million from April through June with an estimated $700,000 of it coming during a final fundraising "blitz" during the final two weeks of June.
That raises the Knoxville mayor's fundraising totals to more than $8.7 million in the GOP primary in which he faces U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp, R-Tenn., and Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville.
"Crissy and I have been very blessed to receive the support from so many Tennesseans, and with this support we'll make sure we take the next step together and build a stronger Tennessee," Mr. Haslam said in a news release. "We have two weeks until early voting and five weeks until the primary, and I'm grateful that so many have helped put us in the strong position we're in."
Mr. Haslam has consistently dominated fundraising in the campaign and has enjoyed an advantage in television advertising that has helped bring him identify him to voters.
No information on the Haslam's campaign cash on hand was available. Spokesman Davis Smith said, "We're still counting, so the number isn't defined yet."
The reports are not due in to the state until July 12.