Republican Bill Haslam may have recently deposited millions of his own dollars into his gubernatorial campaign war chest, but Democratic candidate Mike McWherter says he hasn’t spent a dime of his own money lately.
According to a report by The Associated Press, Haslam added $2.8 million of his own money into his campaign fund from July through September. He has a 2-1 lead over McWherter, according to a recent poll by WSMV Channel 4.
Outside a tour of Second Harvest Food Bank in Nashville, the trailing Democrat told reporters he hasn’t added any of his personal funds to the campaign since the spring when he plugged in $1 million from his personal funds. But he added that he may add money to the campaign later on.
The Democrat began launching TV ads last week in an attempt to capitalize on voter attention within a month of election day.
Because he has held off on ad buys until now, he says he so far hasn’t needed to add any more personal money to the campaign.
“But, if it does become necessary, then yes, I will fill whatever gap needs to be filled in order to make sure we stay up with our media message,” he said.
Both Haslam’s and McWherter’s full campaign finance reports will be released Tuesday.