GOP candidates for governor outraise Democratic candidate

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The lone Democratic candidate in the Louisiana governor’s race lagged behind the Republican contenders in fundraising last year.

State Rep. John Bel Edwards filed his campaign finance report with the state ethics board late Wednesday. He reported raising $360,000 in 2014, coupled with a $25,000 personal loan. He ended the year with $746,000 in his campaign account.

The three GOP candidates, who had previously released fundraising figures, each raised more than Edwards — and wrapped up 2014 with more cash on hand.

The top money-raiser was U.S. Sen. David Vitter, who took in $4.1 million and closed the year with $3.5 million.

Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne brought in $690,000 and closed 2014 with $1.5 million. Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle raised $1.5 million and finished the period with $1.4 million.

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