Republican Pat McCrory will report a $4.4 million war chest this week, enough to give his campaign for governor a huge financial advantage entering the final four months of the campaign.
McCrory added $2.2 million in contributions in the second quarter, according to campaign officials, with 98 percent from North Carolina donors.
His Democratic rival Walter Dalton has yet to offer a glimpse at his fundraising totals from April 21 through June 30. The candidates must file campaign finance disclosure forms by Wednesday.
"This outpouring of support from around the state is more proof that North Carolinians realize the only way to fix our broken economy and broken government is to elect an outsider to the governor's office," McCrory said in a statement.
Dalton reported $670,000 in cash-on-hand on April 21 but he likely spent most of it in his contested Democratic primary, forcing him to start nearly from scratch to raise the millions it will take to compete in November.
McCrory's second-quarter haul bested the $1 million he raised in the same period during the 2008 campaign when he lost to Gov. Bev Perdue. At this point in 2008, McCrory had $726,000 in his campaign account.
The money is key to the candidates chances in one of the most hotly contested governor's races in the country. Outside groups are also spending big money -- more than $2 million so far -- with more to come.