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Antenori campaign in debt, trailing badly in fundraising

  • Antenori declared last week that the GOP primary declared that the primary field is essentially down to two candidates, implying a two-man race between him and Jesse Kelly.
    Will Seberger/TucsonSentinel.comAntenori declared last week that the GOP primary declared that the primary field is essentially down to two candidates, implying a two-man race between him and Jesse Kelly.

Congressional hopeful Frank Antenori trails his Republican competitors in raising campaign funds — by at least $96,000 each.

The three others in the running for the GOP primary raised between $133,000 and $260,000. Antenori brought in just $36,000, and is nearly $3,000 in the red.

While the deadline for filing with the Federal Election Commission was last Thursday, a deadline met by the other candidates, Antenori did not file until late Monday, and then filed an amended report after midnight.

The reports cover Jan. 1 through March 28.

Antenori, a conservative state senator, pulled in $36,689 from campaign donors. But he had spent even more, and his campaign is $2,923 in the hole, according to the report.

His three opponents in the special primary election next week raised far more:

  • Dave Sitton raised $260,550, and had $132,253 in cash on hand. 
  • Jesse Kelly raised $210,348, with $49,375 on hand (with $30,000 restricted for general election spending).
  • Martha McSally pulled in $133,097, with $44,216 remaining.

Raising more than twice as much as any of the Republicans was Ron Barber, the former aide to Gabrielle Giffords who is running unopposed in the Democratic side.

Barber raked in $549,132, with $463,704 left in the campaign fund, according to his FEC report.

While Antenori itemized no debts owed by his campaign, the report showed he began the year with $9,741 in campaign funds, and spent $49,354 while raising $36,689.

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