Candidates for Ala governor loan selves $5 million

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama candidates for governor have lent their campaigns more than $5 million.

Campaign finance reports show Republican Tim James made the biggest loan with $2 million. Republican State Treasurer Kay Ivey is second at nearly $1.8 million. She's followed by Republican Robert Bentley with $787,000. Four other candidates for governor lent smaller amounts.

University of Alabama political scientist David Lanoue said the loans help candidates show they are committed to their candidacies and help them stand out in a crowded field.

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