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Tobin outraises his opponents in District 1

House Speaker Andy Tobin (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)

House Speaker Andy Tobin easily outraised his party-mates in the three-way House primary in Northern Arizona, the latest finance reports filed with the Secretary of State showed.

Tobin and Rep. Karen Fann, R-Prescott, are trying to fend off a challenge by Sen. Lori Klein, R-Anthem, for their party’s nomination to two House spots in new Legislative District 1, which includes Prescott, Prescott Valley and Chino Valley, and goes down to grab Anthem, New River and Carefree in the Valley.

Tobin raised about $32,500 between June 1 and Aug. 16, bringing his total to roughly $114,000.

Fann, meanwhile, took in about $24,000 in the same period. That included roughly $3,000 that she loaned to her campaign. Her total for this election cycle now stands at $47,000.

Klein raised $23,500 within the same reporting period, a competitive sum that boosted her total to almost $40,000.

But Tobin and Fann have a clear financial edge with only days to go before Tuesday’s primary election.

The House Speaker had more than $39,000 cash on hand by the end of the most recent reporting period. Fann had roughly $15,000.

Klein, meanwhile, had less than $7,000 left in the bank.

Klein and her supporters have waged an aggressive campaign to unseat Tobin.

Instead of seeking reelection to the Senate, which would have pitted her against Senate President Steve Pierce, Klein decided to run for the House and thereby challenge Tobin and Fann after her home was drawn into the mostly northern Arizona district by last year’s redistricting process. The prevailing sentiment is that Klein couldn’t have defeated Pierce, a well-funded Prescott rancher, if she went head-to-head against him for the district’s Senate seat.

She has attacked Tobin for not allowing an anti-union measure to get to the floor for a vote.

Tobin said the bill did not have enough support among House Republicans and rejected charges that he supports public unions by noting that he helped to pass six different anti-union bills in the past four years.

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