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David Garcia

Governor candidate David Garcia took to the stage Tuesday evening during the Democratic Governors debate at Sinagua Middle School.

PHOENIX -- The Democrats don't even have a gubernatorial candidate yet.

However, that hasn't kept the Republican Governors Association from already spending more than $9.2 million to ensure that Doug Ducey gets another four-year term, virtually all of that earmarked by the organization for commercials to attack David Garcia.

In fact, the latest campaign filings show that Steve Farley isn't even on the organization's radar, though Kelly Fryer did register a blip with $12,950 to produce a commercial against her.

As for pro-Ducey efforts, those amount to less than $32,000.

RGA spokesman Jon Thompson said his organization normally doesn't talk about how it spends its money, which is generated through business contributions to the national organization. However, he did allow explain much of the planned spending was based on Garcia's standing as the frontrunner among the Democrat contenders in the polls.

The new spending on the incumbent's behalf is on top of $1.7 million the governor's own campaign committee already has spent, with an additional $3.2 million in the bank.

Meanwhile, his Republican foe Ken Bennett is blaming Secretary of State Michele Reagan for coming up short of the $5 donations he needed to qualify for public funding.

And now he's looking for a lawyer.

Bennett spokeswoman Christine Bauserman said the website run by Reagan's office for online contributions for Clean Elections funding went dark at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Bennett had until only midnight Tuesday to reach the 4,000 individual donations needed to free up $839,704 for his bid to become the Republican nominee.

Officials in Reagan's office are not disputing what happened. And they say that the site was restored -- apparently several hours later -- after being informed of the problem.

Bennett had said even if he doesn't get the public funding, he still "absolutely'' remains a viable candidate in Tuesday's primary.

To date, his campaign has largely been limited to social media and press releases. Some of Bennett's postings criticize the incumbent for his school safety proposal which would allow judges to temporarily lock up and take guns from people who are considered a danger. Bennett said he would put more armed personnel into schools.

On the Democrats' side, Garcia has reported collecting slightly more than $1 million, with $881,000 in expenses.

Farley, trailing Garcia in polls, has spent more in his bid for the nomination, burning through most of the $1.3 million collected, leaving him with $94,000 in the bank. Fryer has taken in about $176,000 and spent about $157,000.

Despite the RGA presuming him to be, a recent statewide poll shows Garcia cannot assume he will be the victor.

Pollster Mike Noble of OH Predictive Insights said the survey, conducted last week, found Garcia the favorite of 40 percent of those asked. That compares with 25 percent who said they support Farley and Fryer far behind at seven percent.

Noble added that more than a quarter of the 589 people questioned said they had yet to make up their mind. He found one specifically bright note for Farley, showing him leading Garcia in Pima County by 14 points.

Slightly further down on the ballot, Secretary of State incumbent Reagan continues to be outspent by Republican primary foe Steve Gaynor.

Reagan has collected about $652,000 against more than $493,000 in expenses. She also managed to repay herself nearly $17,000 of the $70,000 of her own cash that she put up.

However, Gaynor appears to be going in the opposite direction. He put another $500,000 of his own cash into his bid to become the GOP nominee on top of the $1 million had used to start his campaign. Less than $11,000 of Gaynor's money come from outside sources.

The five-way GOP race for state school superintendent has incumbent Diane Douglas down near the bottom of donations, with less than $24,000. Only Tracy Livingston has raised less at about $23,000.

The other three Republicans are relying on loans to get them nominated. Frank Riggs leads as he borrowed $65,200 of the $108,000 he has raised. Jonathan Gelbart listed a $25,000 loan as part of his nearly $103,000 in donations, with a $6,000 loan financing the $35,000 bid by Bob Branch to get elected.

On the Democrat side of the ballot, David Schapira and Kathy Hoffman are evenly matched as each is getting nearly $109,000 in public funds.

In the Republic race for Arizona Corporation Commission, incumbent Tom Forese leads all five contenders for the two seats, with nearly $597,000 in donations, including $141,000 of his own money. Fellow incumbent Justin Olson is far behind with just $68,000 in contributions.

Challenger Rodney Glassman reports more than $551,000 in donations, including $100,000 of his own cash, with Eric Sloan listing less than $24,000 in income. The fifth candidate, Jim O'Connor, is running with nearly $109,000 in public money plus another $33,000 in cash he raised on his own.

On the Democrat side, Bill Mundell, Sandra Kennedy and Kiana Sears all qualified for that $109,000 in public funding.

Kimberly Yee, hoping to be the Republican nominee for treasurer, listed $574,000 in donations, including $325,000 owed on a loan to the campaign from Nelson Mar. That far overwhelms the $8,375 collected by Jo Ann Sabbagh which includes $1,800 of her own money.

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