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Alabama lieutenant governor race cost
almost $8 million

MONTGOMERY (AP) — The two candidates for lieutenant governor in the general election spent almost $8 million to win election to a part-time job that pays about $50,000 a year.

Democrat Jim Folsom Jr. defeated Republican Luther Strange in the Nov. 6 general election, but Strange spent about twice as much money as Folsom in the year leading up to the election, according to campaign finance reports filed Wednesday in the Alabama Secretary of State's office.

The report showed that Strange's campaign spent $5.4 million during the year and raised about $4.2 million in campaign contributions.

Strange had raised about $1 million before the start of the year and ended the campaign $50,000 in debt, according to the report.

Folsom ended the campaign with a debt of $454,000 after raising $2.1 million and spending about $2.4 million.

The campaign report filed Wednesday shows contributions received since five days before the November election. Folsom raised about $232,000 and spent about $385,000 in the last two months of the year, while Strange raised $192,000 and spent $255,000.

The more than $5 million spent by Strange overall included money he spent in a hard fought Republican Primary victory over former PSC Commissioner George Wallace Jr. Folsom did not have a Democratic Primary opponent.

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