Kingston sets pace in Senate fundraising | AccessNorthGa


Kingston sets pace in Senate fundraising | AccessNorthGa

ATLANTA – Two veteran congressmen lead the early money race in the hotly contested Republican U.S. Senate primary, but it’s Savannah Rep. Jack Kingston who has set the pace despite coming from outside the big money orbit of metropolitan Atlanta.

Kingston raised more than $807,000 during the second quarter of 2014, according to new disclosures filed with the Federal Election Commission. It’s the second consecutive fundraising period that Kingston cleared the $800,000 mark. Rep. Phil Gingrey of Marietta, meanwhile, pulled in $415,000, outpacing the $329,000 haul he reported in the first quarter.

Kingston has pulled virtually even with Gingrey. He reported a $2.53 million balance as of June 30. Gingrey reported having $2.56 million.

Gingrey also outspent Kingston and his other two opponents. If that continues alongside the early fundraising trends, Kingston could establish a long-term financial advantage. But for now the totals leave Kingston and Gingrey with steep leads over U.S. Rep. Paul Broun and former Secretary of State Karen Handel.

Broun showed newfound momentum with $388,000 in second-quarter contributions. But he began the quarter well behind his colleagues and reported having just more than $400,000 at the end of June. All three men transferred their previous House campaign balances into their Senate accounts.

Handel raised $154,000 in the six weeks after she formally declared her candidacy. She reported an ending balance of $150,000.

The challenge for each of the congressmen is to build a statewide brand. Handel, despite her late start, is the only candidate who has already run a statewide race, narrowly missing out on the governor’s office in 2010 when she lost a Republican runoff to eventual winner Nathan Deal.

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