LANSING – The gubernatorial candidates, Republican Bill Schuette and Democrat Gretchen Whitmer, began the general election phase of their campaigns each with $1.5 million as both spent the past month scrambling to refill their campaign funds after winning expensive primaries.

Post-primary campaign finance reports were due Thursday.

As of August 27, Schuette’s campaign had $1,531,726 cash on hand. Whitmer had $1,517,031.

Whether all of that money could be applied toward the general election was as yet unclear. Some of the public matching funds each candidate received could only be spent on the primary phase of the campaign.

Fundraising for the period, which went from July 23 through August 27, was basically even as well. Schuette raised $1,191,777 with $259,215 of that in public matching funds. Whitmer raised $1,16,183 with $238,581 of that in public matching funds.

For the entire race, Whitmer has raised $7.1 million to Schuette’s $6.2 million.

This story was published by Gongwer News Service.