Rep. John Merrill edged out former Montgomery County Probate Judge Reese McKinney in the first month of fundraising for the GOP race for Secretary of State, thanks in part to pre-existing funds.
Campaign finance documents filed this week showed Merrill, a Republican from Tuscaloosa, raised $80,182.85 in June, while McKinney brought in $43,261.83. Crenshaw County Probate Judge Jim Perdue, who entered the race in the middle of the month, filed a waiver for June.
Merrill’s advantage stemmed from an influx of $41,705.35 from his House campaign committee on June 3, the first day candidates could raise money for the 2014 elections. With that source excluded, Merrill raised $38,477.20.
The three men are vying for the Republican nomination for the office. The primary is next June. Current Secretary of State Beth Chapman, a Republican who announced Monday she was leaving the office, was unable to run again due to term limits.
– posted by Brian Lyman