LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT) - As the 2016 campaign moves to a close, several state legislative candidates turned in their pre-election reports this week as they continue to campaign in two battleground districts.
District 58 candidates - Republican incumbent Rep. Brandt Smith and Democratic challenger Nate Looney - filed their reports with the Arkansas Secretary of State's office as did District 60 candidates - Republican challenger Fran Cavenaugh and Democratic incumbent Rep. James Ratliff.
In District 58, which covers most of Jonesboro, Smith, who is seeking a second term, reported raising $5,200 and spending $23,362.24 during October.
Major contributors to Smith's campaign during October were:
* Elizabeth Heisler Ginty of Memphis - $1,000.
* Black Hills Corporation PAC of Rapid City, SD - $500.
* Kum and Go PAC of West Des Moines, IA - $500.
* Natural State PAC of Altus - $500.
* Nucor Corporation PAC Committee of Arkansas of Armorel - $500.
* Sebastian County Republican Committee of Fort Smith - $500.
Looney, an attorney from Jonesboro, reported raising $18,565.16 in October while spending $25,642.91.
Major contributors to Looney's campaign during October were:
* Cynthia Cooper of Jonesboro - $2,600.
* Doug Falls of Jonesboro - $1,200.
* Wallace Fowler of Jonesboro - $1,000.
* G. David Gearhart of Fayetteville - $500.
* Michael Parkey of Jonesboro - $300.
Smith had more money cash-on-hand than Looney. As of Wednesday, Smith had $25,362.24 while Looney had $15,646.91.
In District 60, which covers Lawrence, Randolph, Sharp and a small part of Greene County, Cavenaugh raised $9,865 during October while spending $18,093.62.
Ratliff, who defeated Republican Blaine Davis in 2014 by 50 votes, loaned his campaign $1,000, raised $4,350 and spent $4,600 during October.
Major contributors to Cavenaugh's campaign during October were:
* Lance Owens of Jonesboro - $1,000.
* Milton Smith of Walnut Ridge - $1,000.
* Wade Quinn III of Jonesboro - $500.
* Lawrence County Republican Party of Hoxie - $500.
* Republican Party of Randolph County of Pocahontas - $300.
Major contributors to Ratliff's campaign during October were:
* Impact in care of Arkansas Trial Lawyers of Little Rock - $1,000.
* Arkansas Committee for Children and Public Education of Little Rock - $1,000.
* Black Hills Corporation of Rapid City, SD - $500.
* Nucor Political Action Committee of Arkansas of Armorel - $500.
* Anthem PAC of Indianapolis - $250.
According to the reports, Cavenaugh had a $9,323.10 to $3,055.15 advantage over Ratliff in the cash on hand column.
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