Whitman Spending Hits $99M In what could be priciest gubernatorial race ever By Kevin Spak, Newser Staff Posted Aug 3, 2010 8:12 AM CDT 16 comments Comments Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman addresses supporters after winning the Republican nomination for California governor during an election night gathering in Los Angeles, June 8, 2010. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) (Newser) – Billionaire Republican Meg Whitman reported yesterday that she has spent more than $99 million in her quest to become California's governor, including $71 million just to win the Republican primary. Democrat Jerry Brown, who didn't have a serious primary opponent, has spent just $450,000, plus $324,000 in donated services, but he has $23 million on hand. The race is shaping up to be the most expensive gubernatorial race in US history, according to the AP. Whitman has about $10.3 million in cash on hand, but that's not a particularly meaningful statistic for her, since she's spent $91 million of her own money already. Brown's funds come largely from union-funded groups. Right now the race is tight; a poll released last week has Brown ahead 37-34, with a quarter of respondents still undecided.