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A look at how much money is being poured into Colorado’s governor race


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- With the June primaries now in the rear view mirror, the race for Colorado's next governor heats up. Thursday, 13 investigates took a look at the amount of money being poured into both candidate's races. 

So far, incumbent Governor Jared Polis has spent $1.7 million, and his Republican opponent Heidi Ganahl of Monument has $1.3 million.

According to the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office, Ganahl has less than fifty grand in the bank right now.

Polis, on the other hand, has $4.6 million.

13 Investigates dug a little deeper to see who has contributed to both campaigns since the beginning of 2022.

For Polis, educators, businesses in the science and tech fields, and health care providers have all made sizeable donations to the Polis for Colorado campaign in recent months.

Ganhal's top campaign contributors have come from construction companies, home builders, and agricultural companies.

At Tuesday's watch party, Ganahl said grassroots efforts will beat out the imbalance in fundraising.

“I’ve been traveling the state meeting voters where they are and getting to know them or what’s upsetting what’s frustrating, what they like about Colorado," said Ganahl. "So, I’ve been on the ground for a long time. And that’s what we are going to do we have a lot of friends across the state a lot of supporters. And that’s what we are going to do we are going to go to every county in the state. Every block every precinct.”

The top three contributions to Heidi’s campaign are from herself, totaling $400,000. Polis has also donated to his own campaign, a whopping $4.7 million.

The Polis for Colorado campaign told 13 Investigates the governor has always self-funded his own campaign. Campaign officials said that allows him to not accept funds from PACS or special interest groups.

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