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Pierce outspends all Arizona Senate candidates

Prescott rancher Steve Pierce has spent more than twice as much as any other candidate for any Arizona Senate seat this year, mainly by contributing $220,000 to his own campaign.

Pierce beat fellow Republican and incumbent Tom O'Halleran of Sedona in the Sept. 2 District 1 primary election.

O'Halleran raised nearly $111,000 - still more than any other Senate candidate except Pierce and Jim Waring, even though the reporting period extends 20 days past O'Halleran's Sept. 2 primary loss. The campaign spending reporting deadline was Oct. 3.

Pierce now faces Democrat Pat Chancerelle of Prescott in the Nov. 4 general.

Chancerelle had raised only $480 by the end of the latest reporting period, and had not spent any of it yet. She made the ballot as a primary election write-in candidate.

Chancerelle said she tried but did not have time to collect the necessary 220 contributions of $5 to qualify as a Clean Elections candidate and get state money.

Pierce raised a total of $297,000, including $66,755 in individual donations and $4,390 from political action committees (PACs). He spent all but about $7,000 of it.

The next highest amount raised by any Arizona Senate candidate is by incumbent Jim Waring ($122,575) in District 7, followed by incumbent Pete Hershberger (nearly $97,283) in District 26. Waring has spent $104,088 and Hershberger has spent $92,891.

The District 1 House race for two seats is more competitive in the spending department, partly because Democrat Dennis Grittner of Prescott Valley gets state money as a Clean Elections candidate.

Incumbent Republican Andy Tobin of Paulden has raised $11,240 ($6,590 from individual contributions and $4,560 from PACs).

Fellow incumbent Republican Lucy Mason of Prescott has raised $1,140, mostly through PAC contributions ($990).

Grittner has received $19,382 in Clean Elections money, alongside $1,835 in individual contributions. As a Clean Elections candidate, he cannot take PAC money.

Grittner has spent $7,370, compared to Tobin's $3,337. Mason had not spent any money by the reporting deadline.

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