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Congressional candidates have hefty debt from primary races

From left: Democratic candidates for the Third Congressional

From left: Democratic candidates for the Third Congressional District debate Jon Kaiman, Anna Kaplan, Steve Stern, and Thomas Suozzi, at North Shore Towers Cinema in Queens, Thursday evening, June 23, 2016. Credit: Danielle Finkelstein

Several recent congressional primary contenders not only lost their elections, but also were left with some significant campaign debts.

The candidate who went most into the hole in the June 28 congressional primaries was North Hempstead Town Board member Anna Kaplan. She came in a disappointing fourth in a five-way Democratic race to succeed retiring Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington), despite loaning her campaign $354,000, according to her July 15 campaign finance report. Her campaign account had $86,818 cash on hand according to the federal report, meaning she was left with $267,182 in campaign debt.

Suffolk Legis. Steve Stern, who was a distant second to winner Thomas Suozzi — the former Nassau County executive — in the 3rd District primary, loaned his campaign $189,840, his federal disclosure shows. Stern had $12,841 on hand, leaving a deficit of $176,699.

David Calone, a former Suffolk Planning Commission chairman who lost a Democratic primary in the 1st Congressional District, loaned his campaign $250,000. But his most recent filing shows he has $295,127 cash on hand — enough to pay off his loan if he has no other big expenses.

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