Nyali MP Hezron Awiti raised Sh27 million in two hours on Saturday night to oil campaigns for his Mombasa governor bid.
The Vibrant Democratic Party leader wants to succeed Governor Hassan Joho after the August 8 general elections.
The fundraiser took place at Tamarind Hotel, with tickets selling for between Sh500 and Sh100,000.
More than 100 guests, including supporters and business people from the county, attended the event.
"Mombasa is a commercial hub and needs new leadership that will create a conducive environment for businesses to thrive," Awiti said as he thanked guests.
He is expected to pump more funds from supporters into his campaigns and is banking on business community to win.
Senator Hassan Omar is also gunning for the position on a Wiper ticket.
Omar's bid is what pushed Awiti to form his own party after ditching Wiper.
County director of communication Richard Chacha said Joho will decide on whether to hold a fundraiser after Ramadhan ends.
Jubilee's candidate Suleiman Shahbal said during an Iftar dinner two weeks ago that he will spend what is necessary to win the seat.
IEBC put a Sh129 million spending limit for campaigns by governor candidates.
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