Rice leads money race in bid to succeed McCarthy

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Kathleen Rice raised $644,000 since March in her bid to win the Democratic nomination for the election to replace retiring Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, five times as much as the combined receipts of two of the Republicans seeking the GOP nomination.

In the primary election to select a Republican nominee in the race to replace McCarthy (D-Mineola), businessman Bruce Blakeman said he raised $89,226 and attorney Frank Scaturro reported raising $36,400.

Nassau County Legis. Kevan Abrahams, who is running against Rice, the Nassau County district attorney, in the Democratic primary, had not filed by early this evening.

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That’s according to campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission before the June 24 primary for the period between April 1 and June 4.

In the Republican primary to challenge Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) on the North Shore, attorney Grant Lally reported he raised $31,010, spent $18,133 and had $28,320 in cash, while veteran Stephen Labate said he raised $21,105, spent $55,672 and had $5,635 in the bank.

In his filing, Israel said he raised $319,554, spent $262,605 and had $1.47 million in cash.

Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) faces no primary. He reported raising $65,889, spending $156,559, leaving him $2.67 million in the bank. His Democratic opponent, Patricia Maher, had not filed.

Over on the East End in the heated Republican primary battle to face Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) in the Nov. 4 election, neither State Sen. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) or Ronkonkoma attorney George Demos had filed their reports.

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Bishop, who does not have a primary, did. He said he had raised $175,282 and had $808,778 in cash.

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