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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

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King, Tiffany lead money chase in most-watched Senate races

State Sen. Jessica King, D-Oshkosh, outraised her GOP challenger in the first half of 2012, while GOP state Rep. Tom Tiffany pulled in more than four times as much as his 12th SD Dem challengers combined, according to their campaign finance reports.

King's 18th Senate District and the open 12th district in northern Wisconsin are expected to be among the top races in the Senate this fall.

King reported raising $41,468, spending $7,169 and had $73,212 in the bank. Republican Rick Gudex of Fond du Lac raised $33,674, spent $7,050 and had $26,851 cash on hand.

In the 12th, which will be open with the retirement of Jim Hoplerin, D-Conover, Tiffany, of Hazelhurst, raised $80,860, spent $11,045 and had $100,268 cash on hand. His numbers included a loan of $1,269.

Lisa Theo of Tomahawk raised $14,277, spent $12,006 and had $2,271 in the bank with a $5,282 loan, while fellow Dem Susan Sommer of Eagle River raised $3,170, spent $2,413 and had $757 cash on hand.

Campaign finance totals in other watched Senate races included:

10th SD: Sheila Harsdorf raised $20,207 and spent $13,812 in the last reporting period. She has $23,187 in cash on hand. Harsdorf's opponent, Daniel Olson, has raised $223, all of which came from the candidate.

24th SD: Sen. Julie Lassa, D-Stevens Point, raised $21,954 in the last reporting period and spent $7,891, but has $163,545 in her campaign coffers. Steve Abrahamson, a Republican running against Lassa, raised $350 and spent $141. Figures for candidate Scott Noble, who also ran the unsuccessful recall effort against Lassa last year, were not immediately available from the Government Accountability Board's database.

30th SD: Sen. Dave Hansen, D-Green Bay, has $127,753 in cash on hand after raising $20,903 in the last reporting period. John Macco, one of two Republicans vying the challenge him, raised $32,069, which included $10,623 in loans, and spent $12,501, leaving him with $19,568 in cash on hand. The report for Ray Suennen, the other GOP candidate, was unavailable.

32nd SD: Sen. Jennifer Shilling, D-La Crosse, has more cash on hand than GOP opponent Bill Feehan, though the GOP challenger outraised her in the last reporting period. According to her report, Shilling raised $44,124, including $6,150 in PAC donations. Feehan, by comparison raised $76,341, though $12,500 of that amount came out of his own pocket. Feehan has also outspent Shilling by a more than 5-to-1 margin: Feehan has spent $54,293 while Shilling has only spent $10,179. Shilling has $61,791 in cash on hand, compared to $22,047 for Feehan.

-- By Staff


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