Republicans lead fundraising for governor’s race

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Republicans considering or already in the 2015 governor's race are sitting on more sizable campaign war chests than the lone Democrat who's announced plans to run.

Campaign finance reports have been trickling into the state ethics board.

Republican Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, who says he'll be in the 2015 race, had $1.2 million in his campaign account at the close of 2013. Meanwhile, GOP Treasurer John Kennedy, who says he's considering running for governor, had nearly $3 million.

By comparison, Democratic state Rep. John Bel Edwards reported he had a $475,000 campaign balance through December.

U.S. Sen. David Vitter doesn't have to file a report yet because he announced his candidacy after the fundraising deadline. But the Republican senator says he's already amassed more than $1.4 million for his campaign.

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