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McKinney, Pittman charging
full throttle toward finish line

By Chip Drago
Mobile Bay Times
Each of the remaining two candidates in the GOP runoff to fill the Baldwin County District 32 state Senate seat raised more than $100,000 during the 5-1/2 weeks leading up to the stretch run in the hotly-contested race.

Recently filed 5-10 day pre-election financial disclosures showed that south Baldwin real estate executive and state school board member Randy McKinney generated more than $140,000 in cash and in-kind contributions for the period while Eastern Shore businessman Trip Pittman had receipts of more than $130,000, including cash and in-kind contributions and a loan of $25,000 to the campaign from himself.

The winner in Tuesday's election will face Eastern Shore lawyer A.J. Cooper in the general election Oct. 16. Cooper, a former mayor of Prichard, claimed the Democratic nomination without opposition.

The seat came open and a special election set after Bradley Byrne resigned the position to accept Gov. Bob Riley's offer to become chancellor over the state's scandal-racked two year college system.

McKinney entered the period with $45,107.15, raised almost $121,000 in cash contributions and spent $125,895.32, leaving a balance of more than $40,000 in the waning days of the campaign.

Among McKinney's recent contributors were:

McKinney's benefactors included an in-kind contribution of $17,745.04 from FarmPAC for consulting/polling.

Pittman entered the final 45 days of the campaign with $51,602.03. Total receipts of about $133,500 and expenditures of $120,081.22 left the Pittman campaign with a balance of $62,891.81 as Election Day drew near.

Contributors to Pittman included:

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