Eric Holcomb campaign raises $7.7 million since July

Candidate for Indiana Governor, Republican Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb, speaks at a campaign rally for Republican vice presidential candidate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, in Fort Wayne, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb’s campaign says it has raised nearly $7.7 million since he became the Republican candidate for Indiana governor in July.

Holcomb’s campaign said Thursday it has $2.8 million in the bank heading into the Nov. 8 election.

Holcomb had to quickly launch a campaign after Gov. Mike Pence dropped his re-election bid to become Donald Trump’s running mate.

Holcomb has had major help: $3.3 million from the Republican Governors Association and $1.25 million from Pence’s campaign represent nearly 60 percent of his contributions.

Democratic candidate John Gregg hasn’t released fundraising totals for the three-month period through September.

Gregg had $5.8 million in cash at the end of June and has since received $1.3 million from the Democratic Governors Association and at least $1 million from labor unions.

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