ATLANTA — Democrat Jason Carter will report $1.3 million in contributions to his campaign for Georgia’s governor, a sizeable haul in just over seven weeks and in a state where Republicans control every statewide elected office.
Carter, a state senator and grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, announced in November that he would be challenging Republican Gov. Nathan Deal, who is seeking a second term. State and national Democrats have rallied around Carter and he is not expected to draw a major primary challenger.
Carter campaign chairman Michael J. Coles told The Associated Press on Friday that Carter will report the money by the Jan. 8 deadline. Coles said the campaign had more than 1,800 donors, with more than 1,500 of them from Georgia.
Carter said he was heartened by the level of enthusiasm and support he has received, noting the vast majority of Georgia donors to his campaign.
“We thought that Georgia was ready for something new and now we know it for sure,” Carter said. “There is pent-up energy both among Democrats and a lot of Republicans for a new and better discussion about where our state needs to be, and that outpouring is evident.”
Deal has yet to report his recent campaign contributions, although he’s expected to significantly increase the $1.1 million in cash he had on hand as of June 30. During his 2010 campaign, Deal raised nearly $8.4 million over the course of a crowded GOP primary and then general election match-up against former Democratic Gov. Roy Barnes. In that race, Barnes raised just shy of $9 million.