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Adams trails opponent in fundraising last quarter

Former House Speaker Kirk Adams (Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)

Former House Speaker Kirk Adams raised $52,425 in the fourth quarter of 2011, about $100,000 less than his primary opponent, former Congressman Matt Salmon, raked in.

The Adams campaign is beginning 2012 with $267,252, having raised a total of $393,730 over the past year. Salmon raised $470,439 and has $304,875 in its campaign war chest.

Salmon’s campaign owes $17,500 in debt, whereas Adams’ campaign owes no debts.

On Monday, former Vice President Dan Quayle and Congressman Ben Quayle headlined a rally and a fundraiser for Adams in downtown Gilbert. The event drew “hundreds of guests,” according to the campaign.

Adams was elected to the state House of Representatives in 2006 and served as speaker of the House from 2009 to 2011 before resigning to run for Congress. He and Salmon are competing for a seat in the 5th Congressional District that will be vacant due to U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake’s decision to run for the U.S. Senate.

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