This interactive shows how quickly legislative candidates move from political outsiders to entrenched incumbents. When candidates first run for the state Legislature, without the power of incumbency, their backing largely comes from voters in their home district. But as soon as the candidate wins that first primary, the source of contributions begins to change dramatically
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution took a look at every reported contribution to legislators who were elected in the 2010 general election and re-elected two years later. Our analysis found that out-of-district contributions rose dramatically once the candidate became a winner.