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Scott Brown ends race with extra campaign funds

Sen. Scott Brown has enough in the bank for a slight head start in a future election campaign.

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Sen. Scott Brown has enough in the bank for a slight head start in a future election campaign.

Senator Scott Brown ended his reelection bid last month with $464,000 in his campaign account, according to a new federal report, but a top aide said today the actual figure will be closer to $150,000 to $200,000 after lingering bills are paid.

That is enough for a slight head start in a future election campaign, but not necessarily a figure that would intimidate potential opponents.

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Warren officially had $829,000 in cash as of Nov. 26, the end of the most recent reporting period, but said this week that subsequent expenses have left the campaign with a debt of about $400,000.

Both candidates gave the tallies in filings to the Federal Election Commission that were due at midnight Thursday.

Brown had far more money in the bank - $7 million - following his 2010 special election victory. But that was an unusually high figure, owing to the flood of last-minute contributions to a candidate who gained late momentum and drew national attention during a shortened race to replace the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy.

It gave Brown a running start heading into his reelection campaign this year, when he was seeking a full six-year Senate term.

Brown’s and Warren’s balance sheets following last month’s general election are far more typical.

There has been wide speculation about the size of Brown’s cash balance in recent weeks as political insiders contemplate whether Senator John F. Kerry would be nominated for a Cabinet position, touching off a special election to replace him.

Brown hinted in his concession speech to Warren that he might run again for the Senate. The Republican could also be a 2014 gubernatorial candidate, though he would not be able to directly spend his federal funds on a state campaign.

The new figures also put a finer point on the scope of the spending from both campaigns, which led the nation and set new records in Massachusetts.

Warren, as of the latest and most complete filing, spent $40.5 million. Brown spent $37.4 million. The figure will likely rise slightly as the candidates amend their filings and Warren retires her debt.

But the total, $77.9 million, is unlike any election campaign Massachusetts has ever seen.

Warren’s report also broke down the debts with which she ended her campaign, despite outraising all other House and Senate candidates in the country.

Leading the way was $150,000 owed to the Grossman Marketing Group of Chelsea. Warren also owed $90,000 to Perkins Coie, a Washington law firm that specializes in election law compliance for Democratic candidates. And Warren owed $68,000 to Verdolino & Lowey, a Foxborough accounting firm, and $72,000 to Freestone Communications, a St. Louis-based telemarketing company.

In announcing her debt in a fund-raising appeal to her supporters earlier this week, Warren attributed her overrun to extra money spent on pizza, coffee, and vans for volunteers on her self-described grassroots campaign.

Glen Johnson of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Noah Bierman can be reached at nbierman@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @noahbierman.
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