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Campaign Funding

The Democratic Primary for Governor was an expensive battle between the incumbent Bob Holden and State Auditor Claire McCaskill. After the August Primary, supporters of the Missouri Democratic Party said they were worried about McCaskill having enough money for the genral election. But the last campaign finance report that came out September 2nd, shows McCaskill and Republican candidate Matt Blunt having enough money for the general election. KSMU's Katie Hummel reports

TRADITIONALLY, CANDIDATES WHO HAVE TOUGH PRIMARIES HAVE LESS MONEY AND RESOURCES FOR THE GENERAL ELECTION.

BUT DEMOCRATIC PARTY SPOKESMAN JACK CARDETTI SAYS THE UNITY OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY AFTER THE PRIMARY PLAYED A BIG PART IN SECURING FUNDS FOR CLAIRE MC-CASKILL'S GUBERNATORIAL CAMPAIGN.

BUT SOME DEMOCRATS SAY IT ISN'T JUST UNITY THAT'S AFFECTING THIS RACE.

STEVE STEPP IS CHAIRMAN OF THE GREENE COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CENTRAL COMMITTEE.

HE SAYS HE BELIEVES OTHER FACTORS ARE INFLUENCING CAMPIAGN CONTRIBUTIONS.

AND REPUBLICANS ALSO BELIEVE OTHER FACTORS ARE INFLUENCING DEMOCRATIC CONTRIBUTIONS.

JOHN HANCOCK IS THE CAMPAIGN SPOKESMAN FOR REPUBLICAN MATT BLUNT.

HANCOCK SAYS BOTH PARTIES HAVE MORE THAN ENOUGH MONEY.

AND SPEAKING OF DETERMINING FACTORS : THERE ARE WAYS FOR THE PUBLIC TO DETERMINE JUST HOW WELL A CAMPAIGN IS DOING.

GEORGE CONNOR IS A POLITICAL SCIENCE PROFESSOR AT SOUTHWEST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY.

CONNOR USES THE MCCASKILL CAMPAIGN AS AN EXAMPLE OF THIS.

BUT CAMPAIGN OFFICIALS IN BOTH PARTIES AGREE THAT REGARDLESS OF HOW MUCH MONEY A CAMPAIGN HAS, IT STILL NEEDS TO HAVE AN EFFECTIVE MESSAGE TO WIN IN NOVEMBER.