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Gov. Pete Ricketts' re-election campaign has raised nearly $2.3 million over the course of the 2018 election cycle and had nearly $1.7 million in cash on hand April 1.

"These figures reflect the strength of Gov. Ricketts' performance growing our state and making government run more like a business," campaign communications director Matthew Trail said Monday in releasing the campaign finance report.

The figures contained in a financial filing with the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission included $2,289,955 raised during this election cycle and $1,679,073 in cash on hand.

Over the course of the 2018 cycle, the campaign has raised funds from more than 2,300 donors, Trail said. 

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Responding to the Ricketts campaign filing, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bob Krist said he has been "focused on performing my elected duties in the Nebraska Legislature" and has been delayed in mounting a concerted fundraising campaign.

"I'm confident we will have the resources to contrast my record of independent leadership to Gov. Ricketts' record of asking for tax cuts for his billionaire friends," the Omaha state senator said.

"It's a long road to November," he said, "and we'll prove to be the little engine that could."

Reach the writer at 402-473-7248 or dwalton@journalstar.com.

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