INDIANAPOLIS | Republican State Auditor Suzanne Crouch nearly hauled in more campaign cash in the first three months of the year than the six other GOP and Democratic candidates for statewide office combined.
Crouch's first quarter fundraising totaled $207,234, according to state campaign finance reports released Tuesday. Altogether, Crouch has $289,374 in the bank headed into the June 6 Republican state convention where she's unopposed for the party's nomination.
Mike Claytor, the sole Democrat seeking his party's state auditor nomination, raised $22,628 in the first quarter. The Carmel accountant has $33,648 cash on hand.
In the secretary of state race, Democrat Beth White, the Marion County clerk, unexpectedly outraised incumbent Republican Connie Lawson $76,942 to $41,400 in the first quarter. However, Lawson remains far ahead in cash on hand with $355,323, compared to White's $158,448.
Marion Mayor Wayne Seybold won the quarter in the three-way Republican state treasurer's race with $40,204. Seybold also has the most money in the bank: $47,651.
No Democrat has announced a run for state treasurer. A candidate likely will be selected at the party's May 31 state convention.