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Not really.

As if it was a really tough race in 2010:

Official Election Returns

State of Missouri General Election  – November 2, 2010 General Election

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

As announced by the Board of State Canvassers

on Tuesday, November 30, 2010

State Representative – District 127 – Summary

Precincts Reporting 18 of 18

Candidate Party Votes % of Votes

 Flanigan, Tom REP 10,006 100.0%

Total Votes   10,006

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Okay, nothing to see here. Maybe there are a number of candidates who have filed to run in the 127th Legislative District in 2012:

A search for candidates in the 127th Legislative District at the Missouri Ethics Commission only turns up one committee.

Nope. Not yet.

Then why this, today, at the Missouri Ethics Commission?:

C061710 10/13/2011 COMMITTEE TO ELECT TOM FLANIGAN David and Debra Humphreys P O BOX 4050 Joplin MO 64803 Businessman 10/13/2011 $25,000.00

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That’s some serious money. There’s probably a recent history of raising big bucks, right? Wrong:

REPORT SUMMARY

COMMITTEE TO ELECT TOM FLANIGAN [pdf] 1/14/2011

1. Total Receipts For This Election Previously Reported $8,400.00

27. Money On Hand at the close of this reporting period $12,616.01

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REPORT SUMMARY

COMMITTEE TO ELECT TOM FLANIGAN [pdf] 4/13/2011

1. Total Receipts For This Election Previously Reported $0.00

27. Money On Hand at the close of this reporting period $10,396.67

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REPORT SUMMARY

COMMITTEE TO ELECT TOM FLANIGAN [pdf] 7/11/2011

2. All Monetary Contributions Received This Period $3,800.00

27. Money On Hand at the close of this reporting period $12,689.75

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What’s the need for a $25,000.00 campaign contribution? Why now? That’s in the same league as statewide candidates. Or, in the 127th Legislative District, that comes to approximately $2.50 a vote in 2010 dollars.