Saturday, May 10, 2003

Candidates spent $12.5M

State primary hopefuls raised $15.4M, reports say

The Associated Press

FRANKFORT - Candidates running for governor and other statewide constitutional offices have raised nearly $15.4 million and have spent more than $12.5 million, according to new campaign finance reports.

With just more than a week to go before the primary election, Democrat Bruce Lunsford has reported near-record spending for a Kentucky primary at about $6.4 million. Lunsford, who is financing his own bid for governor, has given his own campaign nearly $7 million.

The numbers reflect campaign finance documents filed with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance as of 7:30 p.m. Friday.

The primary election is May 20.

There are eight candidates for governor - four from each major political party.

Candidates for attorney general have so far reported raising $771,673, of which Democrats account for $736,516. Attorney General candidates - there are three Republicans and three Democrats - have already spent $334,439.

Despite neither state treasurer candidate's having a primary opponent, they have combined to raise more than $412,000. Incumbent Jonathan Miller accounts for more than $400,000. He has spent more than $147,000 without a challenger.

Democratic secretary of state candidates have reported spending more than $209,000 so far. There are three candidates in that race, and Republican Trey Grayson is running unopposed.

The eight Democrats for commissioner of agriculture have amassed more than $378,500 in their campaign funds, while they've spent nearly $140,000.

Candidates for state auditor have reported raising $275,481, and have so far reported disbursements of more than $90,000.

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