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VOL. 124 | NO. 198 | Thursday, October 8, 2009

Marsh, Cobb Almost Equal in Spending for House Bid

ERIK SCHELZIG | Associated Press Writer

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SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The two major candidates in a special election to fill a key vacancy in the state House have nearly matched each other in campaign spending so far.

But the final campaign filing before next week's election shows Republican Pat Marsh with a large advantage in cash on hand. The co-founder of Shelbyville-based trucking company Big G Express Inc. has about $57,000 remaining, compared with Democrat Ty Cobb's $18,000.

The House District 62 election has drawn heightened attention because of the opportunity for Republicans to expand their one-seat majority in the 99-member chamber.

Marsh raised $96,284 and spent $68,859 since his last report before the Aug. 27 primary. Cobb, a UPS driver, raised $76,001 and spent $68,317.

Independent candidate Chris Brown said at a candidate forum Tuesday that he has spent less than $1,000 on his campaign.

The seat representing all of Bedford County and parts of Lincoln and Rutherford counties was previously held by Cobb's brother.

Both candidates have received heavy contributions from their respective parties since joining the race. The GOP's Tennessee Legislative Campaign Committee has given Marsh $33,000, while the House Democratic Caucus and the state party have given Cobb $27,654.

Fundraising for Cobb's campaign drew unwanted attention in August when Democrats were forced to give cash collected in buckets at a major fundraiser to charity because they failed to gather donors' names.

Marsh's campaign received $7,500 each from the political action committees of House Majority Leader Jason Mumpower of Bristol and House Republican Caucus Chairman Glen Casada of Franklin.

A PAC run by Democratic Rep. Charles Curtiss of Sparta gave Cobb $10,000.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 73 147 18,012
MORTGAGES 89 184 20,749
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 8 2,701
BUILDING PERMITS 117 258 37,094
BANKRUPTCIES 55 114 11,540
BUSINESS LICENSES 42 59 5,907
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 21 48 6,878
MARRIAGE LICENSES 27 68 4,117