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Fletcher Spends $3.5 Million on Primary Race

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Ernie Fletcher, campaigning in the wake of a political scandal, spent nearly $3.5 million to win the GOP primary.

The heated race left Fletcher with just more than $23,500 on hand, according to records filed with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance.

The first-term Republican governor and his administration were under investigation for nearly two years for allegedly rewarding political supporters illegally with protected state jobs. Fletcher was indicted on related misdemeanor charges that were eventually dropped in a deal with prosecutors.

Fletcher faced challenges from former U.S. Rep. Anne Northup and Paducah businessman Billy Harper, who both claimed the scandal had politically wounded the governor and he could not win a second term.

Harper spent more than $6.1 million on his unsuccessful campaign, according to campaign finance records. The money, nearly all of which came from his own bank accounts, paid for nonstop political ads leading up to the May 22 primary election.

Northup was expected to file her campaign finance report later Tuesday.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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