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Walker outraises Burke 2-to-1

Gov. Scott Walker outraised Dem guv rival Mary Burke more than 2-to-1 in the first half of 2014 and had a $5 million cash on hand advantage.

The reports for the first six months of 2014 aren't due to the GAB until July 21. But Burke released her fundraising totals of $3.6 million for the period and $2.5 million cash on hand early Wednesday afternoon.

Walker's campaign followed two hours later with his own totals -- almost $8.3 million raised and more than $7.6 million cash on hand, according to his cover sheet. He also spent $5.3 million in the period.

That fundraising total was Walker's third best since he took office. It was eclipsed only by the $13.2 million he raised in a three-month period before his recall election when he faced no contribution limits and the $8.33 million he raised in the one-month pre-election period in 2012.

Walker's campaign said the final numbers may be adjusted before the report is submitted to the GAB. Still, the numbers build on Walker's record as the most prolific fundraiser in state history. Since taking office, Walker has now raised more than $54.7 million, according to his year-end totals on his January continuing reports filed covering 2011, 2012 and 2013, along with his latest numbers.

Burke's campaign said her latest numbers don't include anything from her own pocket.

She made a $400,000 contribution last year as she launched her bid in October.

"As she has said all along, she is committed to doing more and will do more before the race is over," spokesman Joe Zepecki wrote in an email.

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