Bradley, Bush Outspending Gore and McCain in New Hampshire.

July 7, 2008 - 7:25 PM

MANCHESTER, NH (CNSNews.com) - Former New Jersey Sen. Bill Bradley and Texas Gov. George W. Bush are out spending their opponents in this first-in-the-nation primary state, while Bradley and publisher Steve Forbes have spent more in Iowa.

Despite spending between $2.3 million and $3.2 million in Iowa, Forbes trails Texas Gov. George W. Bush by 20 points in the latest Iowa polls. Bush campaign officials said their man has spent only $1.6 million in the state.

Depending on the source, Bradley is reported to have spent between $1.5 and $1.9 million, slightly more than Gore's $1.4 million. While the vice president has spent slightly less, he enjoys a commanding 20-point lead in Iowa polls.

In New Hampshire, where the Gore-Bradley contest is much closer - several polls show Gore just beginning to pull ahead - Bradley continues to spend more than the vice president.

While officials of the Gore campaign says Bradley has spent $3 million here, Bradley staffers put the figure at $2.5 million. Gore's New Hampshire expenditures are believed to total $1.8 million.

In the Republican contest, at $2.7 million, Bush will have spent more than anyone by the February 1 primary, while John McCain's figure is expected to be slightly less than $2 million, with Steve Forbes running third at $1.6 million.