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Daugaard sits $1.7 million ahead of three challengers

The four announced candidates seeking to be South Dakota's next governor show a big spread in the money they've raised, and spent, for their campaigns, according to their state-required finance reports.

The incumbent, Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard, appeared to have little difficulty rounding up money last year in preparation for his 2014 run for re-election.

He finished 2013 with $1,721,332 cash on hand in his campaign account, according to his campaign finance statement filed with the South Dakota secretary of state.

The two candidates competing for the Democratic nomination to challenge Daugaard however were in the opposite shape.

Joe Lowe, of Piedmont, brought in $1,200 from itemized contributions and zero from contributions of $100 or less that don't need to be individually reported.

Lowe received an in-kind contribution of printed envelopes valued at $100. He reported spending $1,093.

State Rep. Susan Wismer, of Britton, didn't announce a candidacy until early this year. Her committee paperwork and financial interest statement were filed Feb. 12.

Consequently Wismer didn't need to file a governor's campaign finance report for 2013.

The 2012 year-end report she filed in February 2013 for her legislative campaign showed no cash, no spending and a $5,087 debt that her campaign owed her.

Daugaard reported contributions totaling $855,683 in calendar 2013 from donors giving more than $100; $7,240 from donations of $100 or smaller; $9,300 from South Dakota-based political action committee and candidates' committees; $9,000 from federal-level PACs; and $25,639 of in-kind contributions of goods and services.

Daugaard reporting spending $206,782 in 2013.That included more than $62,000 contributed from his campaign to other political causes and several organizations, such as $51,000 to the

South Dakota Republican Party, $3,000 to the Children's Home Society and $250 to South Dakota Right to Life.

A fourth person announced his candidacy last year for governor as an independent. Michael Myers of Centerville reported no fundraising and no spending for 2013.