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Big fundraising gap in state Senate race between David Boutin and Jane Cormier

Jane Cormier and state Sen. David Boutin – the man she hopes to unseat in the District 16 Republican primary – have their differences. They are split over the gas tax, over Medicaid expansion, over the death penalty. But another major contrast surfaced this week: money.

As of Wednesday, Boutin has out-fundraised his challenger nearly 15 to one. According to finance reportings filed this week, he had $89,000 cash on hand. Cormier, by comparison, had about $6,500.

Cormier, for one, said she’s not worried.

“I think I’m in a fabulous place,” she said, highlighting a cheap but aggressive door-to-door strategy. “People know us now. They see a clear difference between the candidates. The word is out that there is a real difference.”

Boutin said his contributions are reflective of broader support.

“I’ve worked hard for my constituents, and they’ve indicated their approval,” he said.

He said most of the expenses so far have gone toward radio ads, print media and campaign staff. The state Republican Party has made no contributions to his campaign because it doesn’t get involved in primaries, Boutin said.

Jeremy Blackman

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