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Filings: Bentley, Folsom dwarfing opponents in money race

MONTGOMERY, AL - With just days until the November general election, candidates are releasing numbers on how much money they've raised. Gubernatorial candidate Robert Bentley (R) and Lt. Governor candidate Jim Folsom (D) are dwarfing their respective opponents in the money race.

GOVERNOR'S RACE

Republican Robert Bentley has been raising campaign funds three times faster than Democrat Ron Sparks for Tuesday's election for governor.

The candidates filed their last pre-election campaign finance report Thursday. That report plus one filed six weeks ago show that Bentley has raised nearly $4.6 million for the general election. Sparks' two reports total nearly $1.5 million.

Bentley was campaigning Thursday in central Alabama, where he warned Republican voters not to get complacent about Tuesday's election.

Sparks was campaiging in west Alabama, where he said polls show he's cutting into Bentely's lead and his campaign is gaining momentum.

LT. GOVERNOR'S RACE

Democrat incumbent Jim Folsom Jr. has raised three times as much money as Republican Kay Ivey during the general election campaign for lieutenant governor.

The candidates filed their last campaign finance report Thursday before Tuesday's election. That report plus another filed six weeks ago show Folsom has raised more than $1.3 million during the general election campaign. Ivey, Alabama's state treasurer, had a total of $406,556 for her two reports.

Ivey's latest campaign finance report included $10,000 from Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby and $500 from Republican U.S Rep. Jo Bonner.

Folsom's report included donations from several business groups as well as $30,000 from a political action committee funded by plaintiff lawyers.

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