Rispone fundraising sees uptick in Louisiana runoff election

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Republican businessman Eddie Rispone is raking in more campaign cash after becoming the lone GOP contender in the Louisiana governor's race against Democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards.

Eddie Rispone | Photo Source: Bill Feig / The Advocate via AP

Rispone had largely self-financed his campaign in the primary, but that's changing since he reached the Nov. 16 runoff.

Finance reports filed Wednesday night show Rispone raised just under $3 million from donors in the latest period, through Oct. 27. That's nearly double the $1.6 million he raised during the prior year.

Rispone also increased his personal campaign loans to $12 million, adding another $500,000 of his own cash.

Gov. Edwards raised $5.2 million over the same period.

Rispone had $2.3 million in the bank, compared to Gov. Edwards' $1.5 million.

Outside groups also are spending millions on the race.

Early voting continues through Saturday.

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