In SC's most crowded race for Congress, fund-raising is setting candidates apart

In the most crowded congressional race in South Carolina, a pecking order has emerged in the latest fundraising figures.

State Sen. William Timmons, R-Greenville, had the most cash on hand in the race to succeed U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-Spartanburg, in the 4th District. Timmons raised $670,210 in the first three months of 2018 — including $540,000 that the candidate loaned his own campaign, according to the Greenville News.

Josh Kimbrell, the former chairman of the Spartanburg County Republican Party, raised $258,460 in the same period, $50,000 of which came in loans.

Three other GOP candidates in the 13-candidate primary had collected more than $100,000 since since Gowdy announced his retirement — state Rep. Dan Hamilton of Greenville with $134,150, former state Sen. Lee Bright with $126,459, and Easley pastor Mark Burns with $109,601.

On the Democratic side, Greenville attorney and former county party chair Eric Graben raised the most — $54,775.

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