The tally is in, and it shows Gov. Bill Haslam spent $16.7 million in his gubernatorial campaign and has about $630,000 cash on hand, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported.
Democratic Mike McWherter spent about $3.4 million in his failed bid to win the governorship.
The campaign still owes Haslam a tidy sum: almost $3.5 million. At a press conference in Nashville Wednesday, Haslam said he did not yet have a plan for the campaign paying him back.
“Once all the dust clears from everything, we can sit down and look at that, and we’ll decide if we’ll start paying ourselves back or if we’ll just leave that debt,” Haslam said.
Haslam said he had no regrets about the costs of the campaign and emphasized the number of people who contributed. “A record number of people financially contributed to our campaign – numbers of individuals,” he said. “I think that speaks volumes.”
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