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Pence hammers Gregg in fundraising

The latest campaign finance reports show GOP U.S. Rep. Mike Pence with a massive money lead over Democrat John Gregg in the 2012 governor's race.

Pence raised $1.8 million from Jan. 1 through March 31 compared with $584,000 for Gregg.

Pence has $4.9 million cash on hand heading into the uncontested primary; Gregg has $1.5 million.

The first-quarter contributions for Pence appears to be a record, topping Gov. Mitch Daniels' $1.3 million in the first quarter of 2004 and $1.4 million in the first quarter of 2008.

Gregg tried to focus on the positive, saying: "I have been honored to receive contributions from Hoosiers of all stripes – Democrats, Independents and even a few Republicans.

"As I travel around the state, I see growing support from Hoosiers who want a governor who will work across the aisle to create jobs and opportunity, not a career politician who will bring his Washington ways to the Statehouse."

But the Indiana Republican Party pointed out the paltry fundraising, and noted that more than half of Gregg's first-quarter contributions come from labor unions or affiliated political action committees.

Contact Niki Kelly at nkelly@jg.net or follow her on Twitter @nkellyatJG.

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