Roys, fueled by personal loan, leads Democratic candidates

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Former state Rep. Kelda Roys, of Madison, led the field of eight Democratic candidates for governor in fundraising over the first six months of the year, thanks to a $255,000 personal loan.

Roys raised nearly $677,000 through the end of June and had $667,000 cash on hand, the most of any candidate. She has now loaned her campaign $350,000.

State firefighter union leader Mahlon Mitchell raised the next highest amount at $526,000. He benefited from nearly $467,000 in contributions from unions. He's also spending a lot more than Roys and has just $368,000 cash on hand.

State Superintendent Tony Evers raised $496,000 and has $307,000 cash on hand. He loaned his campaign $100,000.

Former state Democratic Party leader Matt Flynn raised $337,000 and has $403,000 cash on hand. He also loaned his campaign $100,000.