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Under Chris Christie, GOP Govs on Pace to Raise $100 Million

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By    |   Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 10:00 AM

The Republican Governors Association (RGA) is well on pace to reach its $100 million yearly goal, but in the third quarter, however, the organization raised $21.5 million, its lowest quarterly total this year, reports The Washington Post.

On the other hand, the Democratic Governors Association (DGA) announced it had raised $19.7 million in the third quarter — twice the $9.8 million the organization brought in during the same period in 2010.

“With three weeks until Election Day, Republican governors from Florida to Michigan to Maine remain seriously vulnerable,” said Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin in a statement. “Our record fundraising success ensures that we will have the resources to communicate that Democratic governors will always work in a bipartisan way to strengthen the middle class and expand economic opportunity to all.”

Shumlin argued that because the RGA "traditionally" out-raises the DGA, "Republican governors should be deeply concerned."

Republicans, however, are not that concerned. The RGA, under the leadership of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, has raked in $90 million, which is well ahead of the DGA's $47 million total, reports Politico.

This cycle, Republicans have 22 gubernatorial seats to defend, while Democrats have only 14.

As head of the RGA, Christie has maintained a busy travel schedule which, by week's end, wll have taken him to 35 states for RGA events. This week Christie has visited Minnesota and has additional campaign stops in Florida for Gov. Rick Scott and Georgia to appear with Gov. Nathan Deal, aides tell BloombergPolitics.

According to NJ.com, the potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate has spent more than a third of his second term out of state as of the end of this week. Not all of the travel is RGA-related.

The 94 days Christie has spent on the road, however, lags behind the 212 total days Mitt Romney spent on the road when he was RGA chairman and laying the foundation for his own presidential run.

One notable hole in Christie's travel schedule is New York. Before he assumed the chairmanship of the RGA, Christie said he would not spend resources on races that were "lost causes," such as in New York where GOP candidate Rob Astorino is trailing Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo by double-digits. Christie's steadfast adherence to that policy has angered some in the Republican Party, reports USA Today.

Next week, Christie will make his fourth visit to Connecticut to campaign with GOP challenger Tom Foley, who is in a tight race with incumbent Gov. Dannel Malloy, reports The Hartford Courant.

The two most recent polls find Foley and Malloy in a dead heat, according to RealClearPolitics.

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The Republican Governors Association (RGA) is well on pace to reach its $100 million yearly goal, but in the third quarter, however, the organization raised $21.5 million, its lowest quarterly total this year, reports The Washington Post.
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