Jeb Bush doing nicely among Birmingham business leaders in 2016 fundraising

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With Alabama’s inclusion in the new March 1 “SEC primary,” the scramble is on as never before when it comes to gathering votes – and campaign cash – for president in the Yellowhammer State.

The big winner so far, according to Birmingham Business Review? Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Bush has raised the tidy sum of $145,000 from within the Magic City metro area, just edging out retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, who took in about $138,000.

Carson, however, leads the statewide money race with $272,567 per the Federal Elections Commission, and leads most recent state primary polls.

Bush and Carson account for about $491,122 combined so far by Alabama political donors.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is third among Birmingham fundraisers, with $68,000 raised as of December. He has raised $138,310 in Alabama to date.

Of the state’s top 10 political benefactors in Alabama, whose contributions amount to $1,781,161, less than 10 percent, or $138,734 went to Democrats.

Hillary Rodham Clinton has raised $125,341 in the state, while her main challenger for the Democratic nomination, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, took in a modest $23,393.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee rounded out the top five in Alabama, collecting $43,319 from Alabama-based boosters.

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