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Gov. Haslam has $4.5M on hand for re-election bid

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam starts his re-election year with more than $4.5 million on hand.

The Republican governor reported raising more than $2.9 million in the second half of 2013 and spending about $572,000. His campaign has collected more than $5.2 million to date.

Haslam, who has yet to draw a serious opponent from either party, spent about $796,000 on campaign activities last year. The top expense was $233,000 to fundraising consultant Kaegi Resources. Staffers were paid $184,000, while pollster Northstar Studios received $85,000.

The Ingram Group, headed by longtime campaign adviser Tom Ingram, was paid $30,000.

Campaign finance reports indicate that Haslam has not yet paid himself back $3.5 million he loaned his 2010 campaign.

The filing deadline for any potential challengers is in April.

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Alexander reports $3.2M on hand for Senate race

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander’s campaign says it raised nearly $770,000 in the fourth quarter and that it ended the year with $3.2 million on hand.

Alexander, a former Tennessee governor, is running for a third term in the Senate. He raised a total of about $4.7 million in 2013, and his minute-long television ads have been in heavy rotation around the state.

Alexander is being challenged in the Republican primary by state Rep. Joe Carr of Murfreesboro, who said he raised $250,000 in the fourth quarter, after raising just $52,000 in the previous reporting period.

Carr, who in August dropped a congressional bid to instead challenge Alexander, raised about $609,000 in 2013 and had $405,000 remaining at the end of the quarter.

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