Originally in the Raleigh News & Observer

July 12, 2016

Democrat Josh Stein’s campaign for attorney general had more than $2.1 million on hand as of June 30, nearly 10 times that of his opponent in November, state Sen. Buck Newton, a Wilson Republican.

Newton was in Raleigh for the legislative session that ended July 1. Stein, a Raleigh attorney and former state senator, resigned before the start of the session.

Stein raised more than $875,000 in the reporting period from March 1 through June 30. The campaign reported that nearly 3,000 donors have contributed to Stein's campaign chest.

A campaign consultant for Newton reported about $230,000 cash on hand and about $300,000 raised during the second quarter.

The full campaign finance reports of both candidates weren't available Tuesday. Newton and Stein are vying for the seat being vacated by Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper, who is running for governor. The Republican Attorneys General Association has reserved $3.8 million worth of broadcast and cable advertising to support Newton during the five weeks leading up to the Nov. 8 election.