John Merrill leads June fundraising in Secretary of State campaign

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State Rep. John Merrill, R-Tuscaloosa

State Rep. John Merrill, R-Tuscaloosa

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

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