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So Far, Van Ostern Leads Fundraising in Democratic Race for Governor

Allegra Boverman for NHPR

There's a wide fundraising gap between two of the Democrats hoping to become New Hampshire's next governor.

Candidates are not required to file campaign finance reports until Aug. 24, less than a month before the Sept. 13 primary. But Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern and businessman Mark Connolly filed reports Wednesday, a deadline for non-candidate committees to file.

Van Ostern has raised just under $858,000 since getting in the race in October and has $533,400 on hand.

Connolly, the former head of the state Bureau of Securities Regulation, got in the race about a month later. He has raised $411,800, including $100,000 he loaned the campaign, and has $243,000 on hand.

Five Democrats and five Republicans are vying to replace Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan, who is running for U.S. Senate.

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