by Chris Haire
According to recently released figures, U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett (R-S.C.) has raised $370,000 in the most recent quarter, putting him ahead of potential opponent Henry McMaster in the 2010 race for the governor's office. The State reports that S.C. Attorney General McMaster, a Republican, has raised $287,000 in the same time period.
Both men reportedly have war chests of more than $1 million.
Of particular interest, Barrett managed to raise the $370,000 in the three weeks since he announced his candidacy. McMaster, who has yet to formally announced his entrance into the race, raised $287,000 over three month period.
Barrett campaign adviser Jim Dyke notes that his candidate also raised an additional $90,000 before he officially threw his hat into the ring.
Dyke says that Barrett's fund-raising efforts have been particularly impressive since he was able to raise such a large amount of money in a shorter period of time than the attorney general — and in a very bad economic climate. Dyke believes that the figures give the Barrett campaign a "good bit of momentum."
Barrett has been in the U.S. House since 2003.
McMaster was previously the member of an all-white country club in S.C.
Other prospective Republican candidates for the governor's office include Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer and Carroll "Tumpy" Campbell III. On the Democrat front, State Sen. Vincent Sheheen (Camden) is running.