The two leading candidates for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor have raised a total of just over $250,000 for their campaigns, but both came into the race with large amounts of money in the bank.
Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh, who has served on the Alabama Public Service Commission since 2010, reported contributions of $137,260. State Rep. William James “Will” Ainsworth of Albertville listed receipts of $115,105.
But the secretary of state’s web site shows Ainsworth came into the race with $1,109,258 in his account and has a balance of $1.08 million. Andress had a balance of $711,295 coming into the year and now has $633,838 on hand.
A third candidate, Benjamin “Rusty” Glover III, reported contributions of $5,406. He came into the race with $41,663 on hand and has a balance of $9,228.
The winner of the June 5 Republican primary will face Democrat Will Boyd, a Florence minister who is unopposed for his party’s nomination, in the Nov. 6 general election.