Abraham starts putting own cash into Louisiana governor race
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Republican Ralph Abraham has started pumping his own money into his campaign to be Louisiana governor, struggling to keep up with the spending pace of his competitors.
Latest finance reports in the race show the third-term congressman has loaned his campaign $350,000 in the final stretch leading to the Oct. 12 election.
Abraham, a farmer and doctor, has been unable to match the fundraising prowess of Democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards. His fellow Republican competitor, businessman Eddie Rispone, is largely self-financing his election bid, pouring $11 million into his campaign account.
Reports filed late Wednesday show Abraham reporting $319,000 on hand as the campaign reaches its final week before the primary. Rispone reported $2.7 million in the bank. And Edwards was sitting on $3.2 million.
Early voting continues through Saturday.