Michelle Nunn Ahead in Fundraising for Ga. Senate Seat

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Monday, 14 Apr 2014 02:28 PM

By Joe Battaglia

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Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn raised $2.4 million, more than twice as much as her top reporting Republican opponent, during the first three months of 2014.

According to The Washington Post, Nunn's first-quarter total is $800,000 more than she raised over the final three months of 2013 and brought her total amount raised to $5.7 million since she entered the race to succeed retiring Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss eight months ago. Nunn did not release her cash on hand figures.

The figure also significantly trumped the top three reporting GOP contenders in the race.

Rep. Jack Kingston has reported $1.1 million in fundraising. Georgia Tipsheet reports that Rep. Paul Broun raised $345,000, and Rep. Phil Gingrey took in $326,000. Two of the top Republicans in the field, former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel and businessman David Perdue, have not released their fundraising figures.

The crowded Republican primary field will be whittled May 20, with the top two finishers likely headed for a runoff. Nunn, meanwhile, has a clear path to the Democratic nomination.

"I am so grateful for the support our campaign is receiving as I take our message across the state," Nunn said in a statement Monday. "My own experience empowering and mobilizing volunteers has shown me that individuals working together can make an extraordinary difference in their own lives and the lives of others. This campaign is no different."

Nunn, the daughter of former Georgia Sen. Sam Nunn, has parlayed her background as a nonprofit CEO into consideration as a top Democratic recruit for 2014. She is likely to need a substantial war chest during a campaign in which she is already the target of attack ads on TV.

According to The Hill, the Ending Spending Action Fund, a GOP-affiliated super-PAC, has paid $150,000 to begin airing ads attacking Nunn for her support of Obamacare and accusing her of supporting higher taxes, calling her "the last thing Georgia taxpayers need."

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Nunn spokesman Nathan Click told The Hill, "These ads are exactly the type of dishonest attacks Georgians have come to expect from our broken political system. There's no better contrast to these attacks from deep-pocketed special interests than Michelle's own story of working with businesses, charities, and religious organizations to make change."

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