Almost $8 Million Raised in Georgia's Governor Race
(Forsyth County News) - Georgia’s six major candidates to replace Gov. Nathan Deal have tipped the $7 million mark in early fundraising.
The first round of reports published by the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission were due by midnight between Monday and Tuesday.
Candidates are keeping their powder dry this early in the race, with relatively little spending by the current field of four Republicans and two Democrats.
Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle leads the Republican pack with $2.7 million, the majority of it raised by high-dollar donations. He’s followed by Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who has raised $1.7 million. Both announced their candidacies in April.
State Sen. Hunter Hill, R-Atlanta, announced his fundraising haul of $1.15 million early Tuesday morning. Fellow Sen. Michael Williams, R-Cumming, followed suit, announcing that he’s raised $1.1 million.
Among the Democrats, Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams raised $541,758 since she launched her campaign in early May. Fellow state Rep. Stacey Evans raised $415,319 since her campaign began in late May, bringing the total raised by the two Democrats to almost $1 million.
The total raised among all candidates is more than $7.6 million, and it was done in only five months, and in most cases, fewer. Kemp was the first to register in March, but most candidates didn’t file until April or later.
Casey Cagle – $2.7 million raised; $2.5 million on hand
Brian Kemp – $1.7 million raised; $1.5 million on hand
Hunter Hill – $1.15 million raised; $928,444 on hand
Michael Williams – $1.05 million raised; $944,024 on hand
Stacey Abrams – $541,758 raised; $222,468 on hand
Stacey Evans – $415,319 raised; $365,825 on hand