Democratic gubernatorial candidate Brandon Presley speaks during Mississippi Economic Council's 2023 Hobnob at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson, Miss., Thursday, Oct. 26, 2023. Credit: Eric J. Shelton/Mississippi Today

Democrat Brandon Presley has outraised Republican Gov. Tate Reeves by more than $5 million to date in the 2023 statewide election cycle, according to campaign finance reports filed on Tuesday night.

Presley reported raising $11.2 million since January, and Reeves raised $6.2 million during the same timeframe. And the two gubernatorial candidates in this year’s campaign have remained neck-in-neck with spending, with Reeves spending $10.9 million and Presley spending $10.7 million. 

“As Brandon’s campaign continues to sprint into the home stretch, Tate Reeves continues to have dismal fundraising numbers because he is the hospital closure governor caught up in the largest public corruption scandal in state history,” Presley campaign manager Ron Owens said in a statement. 

With one week remaining before the election, Reeves has $3 million in cash remaining — but nearly $2 million of it is in a “legacy” account grandfathered under old campaign laws. Presley has $1.2 million cash on hand.

This marks the third straight reporting cycle where Presley has outraised Reeves, who has built a reputation for raising significant amounts of money. The Democratic challenger raised $3.4 million during the month of October, while the Republican governor raised $1.1 million. 

“Brandon Presley has the backing of the entire national liberal donor base and all of Joe Biden’s biggest allies,” Reeves campaign spokesman Clifton Carroll said in a statement. “It is no surprise that they are continuing to pump in money to try and flip Mississippi blue.” 

This is the last comprehensive report campaigns are required to file before the election, but if they receive a donation between now and Nov. 5, the campaigns are required to list the individual donation within 48 hours of receiving it.

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Taylor, a native of Grenada, covers state government and statewide elections. He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi and Holmes Community College. Before joining Mississippi Today, Taylor reported on state and local government for the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, where he received an award for his coverage of the federal government’s lawsuit against the state’s mental health system.