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Utah GOP candidates spend cash leading up to the primary election

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Posted at 1:45 PM, Jun 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-24 15:45:42-04

SALT LAKE CITY — New campaign disclosure filings show Lt. Governor Spencer Cox in the lead in both fundraising and cash on hand in the final week leading up to the June 30 primary election.

The reports, submitted to the state elections office, show Cox has raised $2.3 million within the last few months. He's spent the bulk of that with $513,686 left.

Jon Huntsman Jr. has raised $1.8 million in the same time frame, and has $61,731 left. His mother, Karen Huntsman, donated $250,000 to his campaign.

Greg Hughes has raised $1.4 million with $337,402 left. One of his biggest donors is House Majority Whip Mike Schultz, R-Hooper who gave him $200,000. Hughes loaned himself over $350,000.

Thomas Wright raised $1.4 million and has $47,196 left. One of his biggest donors is former gubernatorial candidate Fred Lampropolous ($50,000). His lieutenant governor candidate, Rob Bishop, gave $40,000 out of his congressional campaign account.

In the Utah Attorney General's race, incumbent Sean Reyes has raised $463,579 since April and he reported $33,576 left. His challenger, David Leavitt, raised $428,449 in the same period and $63,258 left to spend. Campaign finance disclosures show he donated $300,000 to his own campaign.