By JEFF AMY, Associated Press
ATLANTA (AP) – Democratic US Senator Raphael Warnock raised $ 7.2 million this spring. For his recall in the three months ended September 30, he opened the fire hose a little wider.
Warnock raised more than $ 9 million in the quarter, leaving him $ 17.2 million in cash. His campaign says 145,000 people have donated.
Warnock has raised more than $ 150 million since the start of his campaign until March 31, in two of the most expensive political races Georgia has ever seen. But he needs to keep chasing money as he only won two years in the Senate and is due for re-election next year to win a full six-year term in what could be a deadly race.
A race on this scale again means an avalanche of money would be ahead.
Someone who could keep pace is Herschel Walker, who raised nearly $ 3.8 million in the first five weeks of his campaign on the Republican side. Walker’s campaign said he had more than 50,000 donors. Close friend of former President Donald Trump and former great footballer, Walker ended the quarter with $ 2.5 million in cash.
Walker quickly left the other Republicans in the race behind. Latham Saddler, a Navy veteran and former bank executive, continued to raise funds at a respectable rate, but saw donations slow down, grossing $ 1 million in the quarter and ending with $ 1.6 million. dollars in the bank.
Republican Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black raised $ 564,000 in contributions and declared $ 927,000 in cash.
Kelvin King, a Marietta entrepreneur and another GOP candidate, raised $ 338,000 but spent $ 452,000, with cash on hand falling to $ 453,000.
Candidates for some congressional competitions have also raised large sums.
In the 6th arrondissement, outgoing Democratic United States representative Lucy McBath raised $ 846,000 during the period and concluded with $ 1.95 million in the bank. The district currently includes parts of Cobb, Fulton and DeKalb counties, but could be redesigned.
Among McBath’s avowed Republican opponents are Jake Evans, Meaghan Hanson, Suzi Voyles and Harold Earls.
Evans raised $ 407,000. Combined with a $ 500,000 loan to his campaign, he has $ 836,000. Hanson raised $ 297,000, ending with $ 236,000 in cash. Earls raised $ 143,000 and finished with $ 288,000.
In the 7th Congressional District, which currently covers parts of Gwinnett and Forsyth counties in suburban Atlanta, United States Democratic Representative Carolyn Bourdeaux said she raised $ 704,000 over the course of the three-month period and had $ 1.7 million in reserve.
Republican Rich McCormick, an emergency physician and Navy veteran who narrowly lost to Bourdeaux last year, said he raised $ 626,000 in the quarter and said he had $ 767,000 in cash.
In Northwestern Georgia’s 14th District, Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene said she raised $ 1.5 million in the quarter, which gave her $ 3.3 million cash.
Although the 14th is one of the most Republican districts in the country, Democrats are raising substantial sums to challenge the Greene title. Marcus Flowers has cashed in $ 1.3 million and has $ 1.1 million in cash, having spent two-thirds of the $ 3.3 million he has raised so far. Holly McCormack raised $ 440,000 and has $ 688,000 on hand. Wendy Davis raised $ 136,000 and had $ 105,000 in cash.
In District 10, where Republican Representative Jody Hice is stepping down to run for secretary of state, three Democrats and 13 Republicans ran for office. Eight of the Republicans ended the quarter with more than $ 100,000 in cash. Jackson trucking company owner Mike Collins, who lost a main race to Hice in 2014, raised $ 220,000 in the quarter and had $ 402,000 after loaning $ 400,000 to his campaign. Former Trump administration official Patrick Witt de Bogart raised $ 169,000 and loaned $ 188,000 to his campaign, ending the period with $ 305,000 in cash.
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