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Scott Comegys, D-Palmyra, right, speaks during a debate with Brian Manktelow, R-Lyons, on Tuesday at Cayuga Community College in Auburn.

Republicans have a financial advantage in Cayuga County-area state legislative races, including the contest to fill a seat vacated by retiring Assemblyman Bob Oaks. 

In the 130th Assembly District race, Republican candidate Brian Manktelow reported receipts totaling $9,617.16 in his 32-day pre-general filing. His campaign spent $5,999.05 and has a closing balance of $3,618.11. 

Manktelow loaned his campaign $7,000, records show. 

Democratic candidate Scott Comegys loaned his campaign $3,000 and raised $1,760 from individual donors. His campaign spent $2,197.74 and has $2,785.33 cash on hand. 

The 130th district covers all of Wayne County, the northern half of Cayuga County and the towns of Hannibal, Minetto and Oswego in Oswego County. 


51st Senate District

State Sen. Jim Seward, a Republican, has a significant financial advantage over his Democratic challenger, Joyce St. George. 

Seward raised $22,982.83 and spent $57,140.06, according to his 32-day pre-general filing. He now has $437,709.63 in his campaign war chest. 

Most of the donations to Seward's campaign came from limited liability corporations and political action committees. His top donor was the American Insurance Association PAC, which gave $4,000. 

Seward chairs the Senate Insurance Committee. 

The incumbent Republican received $1,440 from individual donors, his report shows. 

St. George, a Delaware County resident, raised $1,675 and spent $20.46. She had a closing balance of $25,651.38. 

The Tompkins County Democratic Committee was the leading benefactor of St. George's campaign. The party gave $1,300 to the Democratic challenger. 

The 51st district includes parts of nine counties. The Cayuga County towns of Locke, Moravia, Niles, Owasco, Sempronius and Summerhill are in the district. 


54th Senate District

State Sen. Pam Helming filed a 32-day pre-general election report, but she also filed primary fundraising reports. (She did not have a primary challenger.) Combining the totals from the four reports, she raised $60,198.75 and spent $30,117.48. Her closing balance was $159,845.31. 
 
Helming's top donor was New England Regional Council of Carpenters NY Non-Partisan PEC, which contributed $7,500. Friends of Del Lago PAC, a political action committee formed by the operators of the Seneca County casino, gave $5,000. 
 
The New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association, the union representing corrections officers across the state, donated $4,300. 
 
Democratic candidate Kenan Baldridge raised $10,407.55 and spent $1,619.50, according to his 32-day pre-general filing. His campaign has $33,520.35 in the bank. 
 
Baldridge, D-Rose, raised most of his money — $7,106.61 — from individual donors. His largest donation was $2,500 from the DRIVE Committee, a PAC affiliated with the Teamsters union. 
 
The race between Baldridge and Helming is a rematch of the 2016 election. Both candidates sought to replace retiring state Sen. Michael Nozzolio, who declined to run for re-election two years ago. Helming defeated Baldridge to keep the 54th district seat in Republican hands. 
 
The 54th district includes all of Seneca and Wayne counties, plus portions of Cayuga, Monroe, Ontario and Tompkins counties. 
 
The Cayuga County share of the district includes a portion of Auburn and the towns of Aurelius, Conquest, Fleming, Genoa, Ledyard, Mentz, Montezuma, Scipio, Springport, Sterling, Throop, Venice and Victory. 

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