Georgia Rep. Jack Kingston, running for an open Senate seat in a fragmented Republican primary field, will report Tuesday that he raised slightly more than $800,000 in the third quarter and has $2.9 million cash on hand.
His numbers, shared first with POLITICO, mean that he’s raised more than $800,000 for three quarters in a row and has no debt.
Kingston held 38 finance events in Georgia during the three-month period from July to September and received money from about 1,400 individual contributors.
More than half of last quarter’s haul came from outside southern Georgia, including Savannah, which he’s represented in Congress since 1992. It’s part of a broader push to build his name identification in the Atlanta media market.
Kingston, 58, is a top contender for the seat being vacated by Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R). Two other members of the House delegation are running as well: Phil Gingrey and Paul Broun. Former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel and businessman David Perdue are also in the field. Others are still looking at jumping in. The primary is next May, and a runoff is nearly certain.