N.Y. Gov. Race Tops $118 Million
Oct. 26, 2002
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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ Spending in the New York governor's race has eclipsed $118 million, making it the most expensive statewide race ever and putting it on pace to challenge the national record for a governor's race.
The figure reflects Republican incumbent George Pataki's report Friday that he had spent $11.36 million in the past three weeks.
With the latest figures to the state Board of Elections, the race has become, by far, the most expensive statewide contest in New York history.
The old record was set in the 2000 U.S. Senate race when now-Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and her Republican rivals spent more than $88 million.
The California governor's race in 1998 cost a record $130.5 million, according to Montana-based watchdog group the National Institute of Money in State Politics.
Pataki has already spent more than $38 million, third-party billionaire Golisano more than $54 million and H. Carl McCall, the state comptroller, about $14 million.
Andrew Cuomo, McCall's rival for the Democratic nomination, spent more than $11 million before quitting a week before primary.
Trailing the governor in the polls and in fund raising, McCall reported spending $3 million over the last three weeks, and said he had just $722,000 left in the bank.
Pataki spokesman Michael McKeon said Friday that the governor's campaign had almost $3.7 million still on hand, with another $1 million in the fund-raising pipeline.