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Expense reports for District 21 candidates released

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Early voting ends Monday to select a candidate for the District 21 Senate seat. 

Senator Paul Bookout resigned from that seat after a state Ethics Panel uncovered questionable expenses from his campaign. 

Region 8 News looked into the race's campaign expenses to see how the seven candidates, who want to replace him, are doing.

Here is a breakdown of each candidate's report:

Democrats: 

Radius Baker loaned himself nearly $21,000 and received about $3,000 in campaign donations. His expenses totaled close to $12,000 and he also has about $12,000 left over.

Ray Kidd loaned his campaign $8,600 and received $1,400 in contributions. He spent nearly $6,000 and has about $4,000 left over. 

Steve Rockwell did not loan any money to his campaign and received about $52,000 in contributions. He spent nearly $36,000 during his campaign and has about $17,000 left over.  

Gene Roebuck loaned $4,000 to his campaign and received about $3,000 in contributions. He spent about $6,5000 and has about $300 left over. 

Republicans:

John Cooper loaned his campaign $16,500 and received nearly $6,000 in donations. His expenses totaled $18,500 and he has about $4,000 left over. 

Chad Niell loaned his campaign $115,000 and received about $4,000 in donations. He spent nearly $90,000 dollars and has about $29,000 left over.

Dan Sullivan loaned his campaign about $6,000 and received $42,000 in contributions. He spent about $37,000 and has nearly $11,000 left over.     

Here are more interesting facts from the reports:

Chad Niell loaned himself $115,000, the most of all seven candidates. He also spent the most on his campaign, about $90,000. Niell spent more than $52,000 of that on advertising. 

Dan Sullivan received the most in contributions, about $42,000. Most of this was from donors outside of District 21, including Germantown, TN, Largo, FL, and Belize.

John Cooper spent the least on his campaign out of the Republicans. His campaign expenditures totaled about $18,500. 

Steve Rockwell was the only candidate who did not loan money to his campaign. He also received the most contributions, about $52,000 from 91 donors.

Radius Baker loaned himself the most of the Democrats, about $21,000.

Ray Kidd and Gene Roebuck's reports were similar. Kidd received $1,400 in contributions and spent about $5,800. Roebuck received $2,800 in contributions and spent about $6,500.

To view the candidates' full reports, click on the following links: 


The primary election begins Tuesday. The two winners will go head to head in a special election January 14. 

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