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Lopsided money race for state Supreme Court

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Robocalling in behalf of state Supreme Court candidate Raymond Abramson, which I mentioned yesterday, prompted me to look at the last campaign finance reports to be filed before the election Tuesday between him and fellow Court of Appeals Judge Jo Hart.

ABRAMSON
  • ABRAMSON
Abramson, of Holly Grove, who got off to an early start, holds a commanding lead in money. He's raised $315,000 from contributors and has spent $356,000, covering the overruns with $44,000 in personal loans.

Hart, of Mountain View, has raised only $44,000, but she's spent $159,000, thanks to personal loans of $115,000.

Contributions on both sides come from all points on the partisan spectrum, though Abramson's business establishment preference seems clear. Hart has received a small Democratic Party contribution from the local county committee and a touch of union PAC money.

HART
  • HART
As others have noted, Hart may run with judge affixed to her name on the ballot. Abramson, serving by appointment, cannot. In the year of a gender gap at the top of the national ticket, I'm not sure it isn't a plus to be a female candidate this year. Though underfinanced, Hart has managed to place her TV well enough that I've seen it a lot. Her crusty pitch about being a retired Army "full bird colonel" has a no-nonsense appeal. Abramson's warm biographical pitch, emphasis on small-town values, is good, too.

It's safe to say percentage vote results in this race won't track campaign contributions.

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