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Lewis raises $85K

Jerry Lewis, R-Mesa (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)

Sen. Jerry Lewis raised almost $85,000 in his successful campaign to defeat former Senate President Russell Pearce earlier this month.

Lewis spent all of it, based on his latest campaign report to the Arizona Secretary of State.

Pearce has yet to submit his report, but the political consultant Chad Willems, who ran his campaign, said he raised a little more than $250,000.

The stark contrast in fundraising totals between the two was evident from the start, but Pearce’s financial edge ultimately didn’t translate into victory.

Lewis took his oath as the Senate’s latest member on Nov. 22, a day after state official complete the canvassing of the recall election’s results.

According to official results from the Nov. 8 recall election, Lewis received 12,812 votes compared to Pearce’s 10,121, a nearly 12-point margin of victory.

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