GOP's Baker Raises $2.3M In Governor's Race

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Charles Baker has raised $2.3 million in campaign contributions in approximately five months, far outstripping his opponents, including Democratic incumbent Gov. Deval Patrick.

The Boston Globe reported Wednesday that since late summer Baker has raised more than twice as much as Patrick did in all of 2009, and 3 1/2 times the amount raised by state Treasurer Timothy Cahill, a Democrat who's running for governor as an independent.

Baker's rival for the Republican nomination, convenience store magnate Christy Mihos, is relying mostly on personal wealth.

The Patrick campaign responded to the Globe report Wednesday morning by indicating that one of the campaign finance figures initially reported was incorrect. The figure in question is Patrick's current campaign fund-raising balance, which stands at $667,176. The Boston Globe has since amended the online version of its story.

Even with the corrected amount, Baker's current campaign balance far exceeds Patrick's, at approximately $1.85 million.

Asked about Baker's fund-raising edge Wednesday on WTKK-FM, Gov. Patrick said the election isn't about money and that he'll have enough to mount an effective campaign.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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