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Gibbons trails challenger in campaign funds

Sandra Chereb
Associated Press Writer

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) – Campaign finance reports show Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons is working with a slim campaign budget in his uphill re-election effort.

The embattled Republican incumbent reported just $179,000 in contributions and $184,000 in paid expenses since January, according to the report filed late Wednesday with the secretary of state’s office.

His contributions fall far short of Republican Brian Sandoval, whose campaign said it raised nearly $1 million in the same period.

Sandoval’s report had not yet been received by the secretary of state’s office.

Sandoval, 46, is a former federal judge who resigned his lifetime appointment in September to run for Nevada’s highest office. He reported amassing nearly $1 million in his first three months as a candidate.

Democratic front-runner Rory Reid reported raising almost $1 million during the latest reporting period. Campaign reports show he’s raised a combined $4.4 million for the race.

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The primary is set for Tuesday, with the winners facing off in November.

Gibbons, 65, reported raising $165,000 during all of last year. In contrast, Gibbons raised about $6 million for his first election four years ago.

Gibbons was hurt by a tumultuous first term that included a nasty public divorce and allegations of infidelity.

The state’s political power brokers abandoned him, and strategists recruited Sandoval to challenge Gibbons for the nomination. Recent polls have Gibbons trailing Sandoval by double digits.

In his filing, former North Las Vegas Mayor Mike Montandon, who also is seeking the Republican nod, reported $80,000 in contributions, including a $20,000 loan to himself. He listed $114,000 in expenses.

Montandon, who has been running a distant third in the polls, had $306,000 in contributions and $274,000 in expenses last year.