An incumbent Republican state representative has a nearly two-to-one cash advantage over his Democratic opponent, just weeks from the November general election.
Both Republican Brandt Smith and Democrat Nate Looney filed their campaign finance reports this week with the Arkansas Secretary of State's office. Smith and Looney are running in District 58, which covers most of Jonesboro. Both parties consider the race a key battleground in the region and the state.
As of Sept. 30, Smith had $43,249.44 in the bank while Looney had $22,724.66.
According to Smith's report, the incumbent raised $9,600 and spent nothing in September. Notable contributions to Smith in September include:
* Kochpac of Washington, DC - $1,000.
* Union Pacific Fund for Effective Government of Washington, DC - $500.
* NUCOR Corporation PAC of Armorel - $500.
* White County Republican Committee of Searcy - $500.
* Arkansas Grocers and Retail Merchants PAC of Little Rock - $250.
* Bob Hester of Jonesboro - $100.
Looney reported raising $3,396.28 during September while spending $6,592.02. Notable contributions to Looney in September include:
* Lynn Foster, an educator at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock - $500.
* Attorney William Zack White of Heber Springs - $500.
* Ritter Communications Vice President of Public Relations Margaret Holloway of Jonesboro - $250.
* Brad Howard, deputy campaign manager for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Conner Eldridge - $250.
Overall, Looney has raised more money than Smith. So far, Looney has raised $76,298.57 while Smith has brought in $60,430.
Both candidates are also required to file a pre-election campaign report by Nov. 1 with the Secretary of State's office.
Early voting starts Oct. 24 and concludes on Nov. 7, with the election day on Nov. 8.
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