In politics, it helps to be a popular incumbent.
Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe reported raising $450,000 in March in his bid for a second term. Beebe’s totals include $418,000 in primary contributions, although he is unopposed.
He also raised $31,000 for the general election. Beebe will be able to carryover his primary funds for general election usage.
The Governor’s cash on hand topped $1.57 million, which includes $1.37 million for the primary election and $199,000 for the general election.
Republican gubernatorial challenger Jim Keet raised $50,000 in March. He also loaned his campaign $16,250. Keet has cash on hand of $27,000.