Perdue trails Kemp in fundraising in Georgia governor’s race | New policies
By JEFF AMY, Associated Press
ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Brian Kemp is far ahead of his main Republican main opponent, former Sen. David Perdue. Holder said he had $12.7 million in his main campaign account, while Perdue had less than $1 million in cash.
Perdue raised $1.1 million as of Jan. 31 after entering the race in early December, while Kemp took in $7.4 million in the seven months ended Jan. 31, according to their reports filed Monday.
While Perdue had considerably less time than Kemp, he netted considerably less than his rivals in the first 56 days of his campaign. Democrat Stacey Abrams, by comparison, raised $9.25 million after entering the race just days before Perdue.
Kemp spokesman Cody Hall called Perdue’s tally “embarrassing.”
“It’s abundantly clear Governor Kemp is the only Republican with the grassroots support, conservative record and resources to beat Stacy Abrams in November,” Hall said.
Perdue is betting his support of former President Donald Trump can overcome his monetary disadvantage. His campaign also noted that the main Republican challenger Vernon Jones dropped out of the gubernatorial race and endorsed Perdue on Monday,
“As the only Trump-endorsed candidate in this race, David Perdue has the message, the momentum and the grassroots network to win in May and defeat Stacey Abrams in November,” Perdue spokeswoman Jenni Sweat said. . “As Brian Kemp collects checks from lobbyists and special interest groups, David Perdue travels across the state and connects with thousands of ordinary Georgians.”
A legal challenge helped even the score somewhat when a federal judge on Monday ordered Kemp not to spend money from a special steering committee, which under state law can collect unlimited contributions even during the legislative session. Holders are not permitted to fundraise for their personal campaign accounts during the General Assembly meeting.
Kemp’s board of directors, called Georgians First, raised $2.3 million and spent $1.7 million before the judge turned off the tap with a preliminary injunction after Perdue sued claiming that c was unfair.
Here is an overview of fundraising for other offices:
State Sen. Burt Jones, a Republican from Jackson, edged out his main rival in the seven-month span, raking in $1.7 million to Senate Speaker Pro Tem Butch’s $1.4 million. Miller.
Miller has raised more money from contributors since his campaign began, but Jones loaned his campaign $2 million of his own money, increasing his cash flow beyond Miller. Jones has $3 million in cash, while Miller has $2.6 million.
Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan is not seeking another term.
On the Democratic side, newcomer Charlie Bailey has raised $527,000 over the three weeks after jumping from the attorney general’s race to the lieutenant governor’s race. State Representative Erick Allen of Smyrna raised $192,000 and had $172,000 in the bank. State Representative Renitta Shannon of Atlanta raised $74,000 while State Representative Derrick Jackson of Tyrone raised $64,000.
Incumbent Republican Chris Carr raised $825,000 during the period and had $1.5 million in the bank. Carr does not have an announced primary challenger.
Democratic state Senator Jen Jordan of Sandy Springs banked nearly $655,000, ending the period with more than $1 million in the bank. Christian Wise Smith, an Atlanta attorney who is also a candidate for the Democratic primary, started his campaign after the Jan. 31 filing deadline and did not have to run.
Congressman Jody Hice, who is running with Trump’s backing, has raised more than $1 million in his main challenge against fellow Republican and incumbent Brad Raffensperger, who has rejected Trump’s efforts to overturn the victory of Joe Biden in Georgia. But Hice spent the money almost as fast as he did, ending the period with $648,000 in hand.
Raffensperger raised $322,000 and ended the period with $513,000 in the bank.
Former Alpharetta Mayor and Republican David Belle Isle raised $212,000 and had $112,000.
Among Democrats, State Rep. Bee Nguyen of Atlanta raised $691,000 and ended the period with $944,000 in the bank. Former Milledgeville Mayor Floyd Griffin raised nearly $67,000 and had $21,000 in cash, while former Cobb County Democratic Party Chairman Michael Owens raised $59,000 and had $21,000 in cash. of $24,000. Manswell Peterson had not filed on Tuesday.
Republican State Senator Bruce Thompson de White raised $71,000 for his main challenge against Republican Labor Commissioner Mark Butler, taking his cash pile to $197,000, while Butler raised $14,000 and finished with nearly $106,000 in cash.
Democrat Nicole Horn of Atlanta raised $122,000 and finished with $79,000 in cash, while State Representative William Boddie of East Point raised $117,000 and had $111,000 in cash. Democratic state Sen. Lester Jackson of Savannah and had not filed Tuesday.
State Sen. Tyler Harper of Ocilla, the only declared Republican for the open seat, raised $417,000 and ended the period with $824,000 in cash.
On the Democratic side, state Rep. Winfred Dukes of Albany raised more than $64,000, while 2018 Democratic candidate Willie Fred Swann raised nearly $21,000.
Nakita Hemingway, a Democrat from Gwinnett County, raised $28,000. Former Lithonia mayor and US Senate candidate Deborah Jackson raised $2,400
Republican John King, appointed by Kemp after former commissioner Jim Beck was indicted, raised $217,000, with $316,000 cashed.
Among Democrats, State Rep. Matthew Wilson raised $120,000 and had $99,000 in cash. Janice Laws raised over $32,000 and she had $21,000 left.
STATE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT
Two suburban Democratic school board members started their campaigns strong, with Jaha Howard of Cobb County raising $117,000 and Everton Blair of Gwinnett County raising $106,000.
Outgoing superintendent Richard Woods raised $14,000 during the period, ending with $15,7000 in hand. His Republican challenger John Barge raised $51,000 and had $5,000 in cash.
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