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5-to-1 fundraising edge fueled Manski primary win


MADISON (WKOW) -- Just-filed campaign finance reports show school board candidate Sarah Manski - who ended her bid in stunning fashion but remains on next week's ballot - built a more than five-to-one fundraising advantage over her closest challenger in the two weeks prior to her primary victory.

Manski's campaign finance report filed Friday shows more than $7,700 raised since Feb. 4, with almost all of the funds accumulated between that date and the Feb. 19 primary balloting.

Manski won the primary with 45% of more than 18,000 votes cast, with second place finisher T.J. Mertz garnering 31%.

Mertz's campaign finance reports shows $1,395 in contributions during the two weeks prior to primary voting.

Manski's donors in the run-up to the primary included Madison Teachers Inc. president John Matthews, who contributed $50.

Manski's husband, former Green Party state assembly candidate Ben Manski, donated nearly $1,500 to his wife's campaign.

But records show $1,720 was transferred to Ben Manski's campaign committee from his wife's fund. 

Two days after her primary victory, Sarah Manski told supporters she would not accept the seat, even if she won in April, because her husband had been accepted to a graduate program outside of Wisconsin, leaving Mertz as the only candidate on the ballot prepared to serve.

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