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Salmon outspends Adams in CD5

Former House Speaker Kirk Adams (left) and former U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon (File photos)

Kirk Adams buttressed his campaign contributions with an $88,000 loan to give him the lead in fundraising for this reporting period over Matt Salmon, but the former House Speaker still couldn’t match Salmon’s contributions from individuals and political committees or his own spending.

Salmon went on a spending blitz of $285,185 from July 1 to Aug. 8 that topped what he spent for the entire quarter of the previous reporting period. Salmon outspent Adams by $121,381 for this period.

The two Republicans are vying for the 5th Congressional District, which encompasses Mesa, Gilbert and Chandler. Democrat Spencer Morgan did not file a campaign finance report.

Adams, who was down by almost 29 points in a recent poll commissioned by Salmon, raised $19,591 from individuals and political committees, compared to the $51,988 in individual contributions for Salmon, who also got another $20,250.00 from political committees. Salmon, who served three terms in Congress before leaving office in 2000, is going into the final days of the primary campaign with $16,951 more cash on hand than Adams.

“In the last 40 days Matt Salmon raised $72,000 while Kirk Adams raised $19,000. It’s clear based on these numbers who has the momentum going into the final week of the campaign,” said Adam Deguire, Salmon’s campaign manager.

Adams’ campaign manager, Chad Heywood, said the campaign is going to concentrate on a combination of messaging and ground game in the final days of the campaign.

“They’’ll need every penny now that everyone knows he’s a Washington D.C. lobbyist,” Heywood said, referring to Salmon.

CD5

Kirk Adams, Republican
Period raised: $107,591
Period spent: $163,804
Total raised: $696,289.20
Total spent: $590,204.12
Cash on hand: $106,085.08

Matt Salmon, Republican
Period raised: $72,238.80
Period spent: $285,185.73
Total raised: $903,471.09
Total spent: $780,434.33
Cash on hand: $123,036.76

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