Republicans maintain money edge in key Ala. races

WASHINGTON (AP) - The latest campaign finance reports show Republican Jay Love has opened a 3-1 cash advantage over Montgomery Mayor Bobby Bright in the race for southeast Alabama's 2nd Congressional District.

Bright, a Democrat, was essentially broke heading into the final month of the hard-fought campaign to replace retiring Republican Rep. Terry Everett.

Bright and Love had spent more than $600,000 apiece over the three-month period through Oct. 1. Love, a state representative, had $306,682 in the bank after loaning himself $172,500.

In north Alabama's 5th Congressional District, Democratic state Sen. Parker Griffith and Republican Wayne Parker ran about even in fundraising for the quarter.

Parker entered the final stretch of the campaign with a slight advantage in cash on hand.

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