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Kay Ivey widens fundraising lead in Alabama gubernatorial race

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey continues to outpace her GOP challengers in fundraising ahead of the June primary.

In fundraising reports filed Wednesday, Ivey has raised a total of $3.6 million. Ivey became governor last year when her predecessor resigned. While she has begun spending on television ads, she has $1.7 million remaining going into the peak of campaign season.

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle is her closest competitor in the race for cash. Battle has raised nearly $2.1 million. State Sen. Bill Hightower has raised a total of $966,353, while evangelist Scott Dawson has raised $803,308.

On the Democratic side, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox has raised a total of $691,440. Alabama Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb has raised $617,904. Former state legislator James Fields reported raising $18,768.

(Associated Press, copyright 2018)

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