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State Rep. Ainsworth raises over $1 million in Lieutenant Governor’s race

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

State Rep. Will Ainsworth, R-Guntersville, has raised more than $1 million in the Lieutenant Governor’s race making his campaign funds the top in the race.

In a press release from his campaign, Ainsworth said his campaign attracted supporters from around the state of Alabama. He said he was “deeply grateful” for the support.

“I am determined that our campaign will have the resources necessary to be highly competitive in the Republican primary, a run-off if one is necessary, and the general election, and this finance report shows we are keeping that commitment,” Ainsworth said.

Ainsworth, along with other Republican candidates, filed his financial disclosure forms with the Secretary of State’s Office on Tuesday.

Other Republican candidates in the lieutenant governor race include state Board of Education member Mary Scott Hunter; state Sen. Rusty Glover, R-Semmes; and President of the Alabama Public Service Commission Twinkle Cavanaugh.

No Democratic challengers have registered for the race.

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Ainsworth raised $93,025 in contributions, which also meant he raised the most in the race in August. The runner-up in fundraising is Hunter who raised $73,362. Cavanaugh raised $13,050 and Glover raised $6,125 in the race.

In terms of total funds, Cavanaugh comes in second with over $500,000. The money is mostly a holdover from a personal donation from Cavanaugh’s own personal funds. She recently transferred her funds to the Lieutenant Governor’s race after switching from the Governor’s race.

Cavanaugh made the switch after Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signaled she might seek a full term as Governor. Ivey took over the position when former Gov. Robert Bentley resigned after pleading guilty to two misdemeanor charges.

The party primaries for the race are set for June 2018 and the General Election is set for November 2018.

 

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