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Burton’s Primary Foe Collects Almost $100K

Former Marion County Coroner John McGoff (R) is serious about his primary battle with entrenched Rep. Dan Burton (R) in the Hoosier State’s 5th district.

McGoff raised almost $100,000 in five weeks, according to his campaign.

His first report to the Federal Election Commission showed that he began April with more than $83,000 in the bank.

Burton had a little more than $700,000, after raising just $30,000 in the first three months of 2007.

Burton has angered voters and been excoriated by editorial boards back home for missing key House votes so that he could play in a celebrity golf tournament — a ritual he has maintained for years without anyone noticing.

No Democrat has jumped into the race yet. The 5th is heavily Republican. It gave President Bush 71 percent of the vote in 2004.

— Nicole Duran

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