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CO-GOV GOPers Struggle With Fundraising After Rocky July

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The Denver Post reports that donations to Scott McInnis' campaign fell dramatically in the second half of July, in the wake of a plagiarism scandal. But McInnis' opponent Dan Maes didn't benefit -- it was John Hickenlooper, the presumptive Democratic nominee, who saw a bump in his fundraising.

McInnis took in $41,472 in the second half of the month, which was almost half of what he raised in the prior two weeks. However, his primary opponent, Dan Maes, did not appear to get a boost from McInnis' lackluster fundraising. The Evergreen businessman collected $20,338.

Hickenlooper took in $203,000 during the same period.

McInnis spokesperson Sean Duffy tried to put a positive note on this story by telling the Post that fundraising had picked up at the end of the month.

A recent SurveyUSA poll of the race suggests that the plagiarism allegations surrounding McInnis have taken their toll, showing the one-time frontrunner trailing Maes 43-39.

The primary is August 10.

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