SALEM -- Fundraising in the race for Oregon governor has set a new record.

Candidates Chris Dudley and John Kitzhaber have raised a combined $15.4 million -- more money than their predecessors ever did in campaigns for Oregon governor.

Dudley, a Republican, is now the top all-time campaign fundraiser in an Oregon governor's race, with $9.1 million, the Register-Guard reported

Kitzhaber's $6.3 million is more than any Democratic nominee has raised for the state's top office.

Much of the money has gone to TV ads.

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A month ago, Kitzhaber had reported $2.6 million, less than half the $5.6 million Dudley had brought in.

Although the Democrat was still nearly $3 million behind as of Tuesday, he brought in more money in the past four weeks than Dudley did during that time.

Kitzhaber said he never expected to catch up with Dudley in raising money for the campaign, but was satisfied he got out his campaign message and was able to compete with Dudley in advertising.

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We hit our goal and we've got the resources we need coming in now, Kitzhaber said. With nearly a week until the election's conclusion Tuesday, Kitzhaber actually has more cash on hand -- $1.5 million -- than Dudley, who reported an ending balance of $925,241.

The Dudley campaign has surpassed the $8.8 million raised four years ago in the race for governor by attorney Ron Saxton, a fellow Republican.

Campaign spokesman Jake Suski said Dudley's total number of contributors was at least as impressive as the overall resources he's amassed.

The fact that Chris has raised a great deal of money from over 13,000 individual donors speaks to the strength of his message and the enthusiasm for taking Oregon in a new direction, Suski said.

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