BOSTON (AP) – The top candidates for Massachusetts governor are draining their campaign accounts in the final drive to Election Day, even as the Republican Governor’s Association dumps another $1.5 million into the race.

As of Oct. 15, Democratic incumbent Gov. Deval Patrick had less than $200,000 left in his account after spending $1.1 million during the prior two weeks.

Republican Charles Baker had about $225,000 left after spending $1.3 million.

Independent Timothy Cahill had the most cash, nearly $480,000. That’s in large part due to $571,000 he received in public campaign funds.

On Tuesday, the Republican Governor’s Association spent another $1.5 million in an effort to defeat Patrick and Cahill.

The state parties were also spending down their coffers. The Massachusetts Democratic Party had $372,000 left, compared to the GOP’s $356,000.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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