He expects at least $3 million will have to be raised. Encouraged by the support he’s received, Edmondson said he may move up the date when he makes a decision about next year’s race. He earlier considered making a decision in September.
"One of the things we wanted to do is gauge the level of support, and we’re finding that it’s deep and strong,” he said.
Askins, elected lieutenant governor in 2006, said she is pleased with her fundraising efforts. She expects she needs to raise as much as $2.5 million. The state’s sluggish economy may not have a large effect on her fundraising efforts, she said.
"I’ve always had more success with small donors,” said Askins, who has formerly served as a special judge, a state representative and chairman of the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board.
Fallin, who served in the state House of Representatives and was elected to three terms as lieutenant governor before being elected to the 5th Congressional District, is "extremely pleased with the enthusiasm and generosity of supporters and donors from across the state,” said Denise Northrup, Fallin’s campaign manager.
"We plan to build steadily on this success as Mary continues to meet with Oklahomans from all 77 counties,” Northrup said.
Brogdon, R-Owasso, said he will ramp up his campaign efforts after the Legislature adjourns later this month.
He said he hopes to raise more than $1 million.
"Our campaign will be different than any campaign we’ve seen in this state for a long, long time,” Brogdon said. "It’s going to be a grassroots, bottom-up campaign that’s going to help drive my message out around the state.”