Wednesday, July 15, 1998
Section: METRO
By Jo Mannies
Post-Dispatch Political Correspondent

Less than four months before their likely runoff, Sen. Christopher "Kit" Bond, R-Mo., holds a $2 million edge over his top Democratic challenger, Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon.

Nixon's cash-on-hand total as of June 30 was about $1.11 million, a ccording to campaign finance reports being filed today.

Bond's cash total is $3.18 million after spending about $400,000 for the statewide television ad campaign now under way, campaign manager David Israelite said.

"This shows that Sen. Bond continues to gain momentum and that Jay Nixon's candidacy is stumbling," Israelite added.

Nixon campaign manager Chuck Hatfield discounted the gap, noting that Nixon already has outraised Bond's 1992 Democratic challenger, Geri Rothman-Serot, who barely lost.

The candidates' next campaign reports are due Oct. 15, less than three weeks before the Nov. 3 general election.

Both men have primary opponents on Aug. 4, but the opponents have raised and spent little money.

During the past three months, Bond raised $931,895, compared with $400,083 for Nixon. Bond's success was due in part to an edge of almost 6-to-1 in contributions from political action committees.

Nixon raised $55,555 from those groups, while Bond collected $316,345.

From individuals, Bond raised $608,774, and Nixon collected $334,023. Bond has spent $446,841 during the past three months, compared with $238,890 for Nixon.

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