People in Charlottes most expensive neighborhood are quite willing to open their checkbooks for Pat McCrory, and Rutherfordton is forking over a lot of money for Walter Dalton.
A NewsChannel 36 analysis of campaign spending reports shows the most popular ZIP codes for donations to the two men running for governor of North Carolina.
The most recent reports available show that up to June 30, McCrory received $149,454 from contributors living in Charlottes 28207 ZIP code, which includes Eastover. That ZIP code was the only one in Charlotte listed among Forbes Magazines top 500 most expensive ZIP codes, coming in at 435.
By comparison, Daltons campaign received the most money, $99.913.73, from the 28139 ZIP code, which covers his hometown of Rutherfordton.
Interactive maps created by NewsChannel 36, which you can find here, show each ZIP code where at least one person has made a contribution of more than $100 to a candidates campaign committee (Donations of $100 or less don't require names or addresses).
The ZIP code represents a donor's home address, or the address of a business or committee that's donated money. A quick glance reveals that McCrorys campaign has received contributions from across the state, while Daltons has some larger holes in his fundraising, particularly in the eastern part of North Carolina.
With a candidate from the western part of the state (Dalton), its going to be interesting to see how he makes inroads in the I-95 corridor where McCrory has been living for the last four years, said Dr. Michael Bitzer, political science professor at Catawba College.
Overall, McCrory has more cash on hand than Dalton. The former mayor of Charlotte had $4,361,028.21 to spend at the end of June. Dalton, the current lieutenant governor, had $714,342.36.
During the last week of the quarter, Dalton brought in $155,266, more than a tenth of his money. McCrory and Dalton held a debate on the Saturday before that final week, but its also common for campaigns to make a final push to raise more money before the end of the quarter, said Bitzer.
During the last quarter, which runs from April 22 to June 30, McCrorys biggest day was Monday, April 30. On that day he brought in $143,300.39 from 130 contributions. Its also the same day that former Florida governor Jeb Bush endorsed McCrory during a fundraiser at a restaurant in Raleigh.
Total Money Received (through June 30):