Jason Carter raises $1.3 million in bid for governor | Political Insider | www.ajc.com

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Jason Carter raises $1.3 million in bid for governor | Political Insider | www.ajc.com

Jason Carter’s decision not to resign his state Senate seat amped up the fundraising pressure in his Democratic campaign for Georgia governor. He just announced the results of that first crucial test.

Carter told us he’s raised about $1.3 million from about 1,800 donors since he announced in early November. He said he’ll have about $1.2 million cash on hand.

Republican Gov. Nathan Deal hasn’t yet reported his year-end contributions, though his campaign has said he is expected to far surpass the $1.1 million he reported in June. Another GOP contender, Dalton Mayor David Pennington, reported late Friday that he raised about $327,000 and added another $46,000 loan. He has roughly $240,000 on hand.

State Superintendent John Barge, who is also running for governor, hasn’t reported his figures.

Carter, a grandson of the former president,  said he’s “heartened that the vast majority of our supporters are from Georgia.”

Reporting a big number was important, given that Carter will be barred from raising campaign cash once the Legislature convenes on Jan. 13. Deal faces that same restraint, and he’s been hitting the fundraising rounds hard in the runup to the legislative session.

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