ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Senate candidate David Perdue’s personal investment in his campaign has grown another $1 million, for a total of $2.1 million as he battles for a spot in a likely GOP runoff.
Perdue made the $1 million contribution last month, his spokesman Derrick Dickey said Thursday. The campaign also reported receiving about $219,000 in contributions in April and spending about $1.45 million. Perdue had about $467,000 in cash heading into May.
Georgia’s May 20 primary is among a handful being watched nationally as Republicans seek control of the Senate for the last two years of President Barack Obama’s term. Republicans need to gain six seats and can’t afford to lose the one in Georgia, which opened when Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss announced plans to retire.
Perdue, the former CEO of Reebok and Dollar General, has been leading in the polls among a crowded field of Republicans that include three congressmen and a former secretary of state. A runoff is likely because a candidate must receive 50 percent plus one vote in order to advance to the general election.
Democratic front-runner Michelle Nunn is likely to win her primary. Her campaign reported Thursday that Nunn, the daughter of longtime former Sen. Sam Nunn, had raised about $840,000 in April for a total of $6.6 million since she entered the race about nine months ago. The campaign did not release how much she spent or how much she has in cash.