With four months to go until Election Day, Republican Gov. Brian Kemp and Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams are on track to erase Peach State’s record for gubernatorial campaign fundraising.

The Abrams campaign has raised about $9.8 million in the past two months alone, while his One Georgia leadership committee brought in an additional $12.3 million in May and June.

That far exceeds the $3.8 million Kemp’s campaign has raised in the same period, to go with $3 million in contributions to Kemp’s Georgians First steering committee.

Abrams also enjoyed a huge cash advantage late last month: $18.5 million for Abrams to just over $7 million for Kemp.

And those numbers don’t count the millions of dollars spent on TV ads by independent groups on behalf of the two candidates.

It doesn’t matter which of the two ends up raising more money, it’s child’s play neither will run out of money when they need it during the final months of the campaign, a said Charles Bullock, professor of political science at the University of Georgia.

“They have a lot of money to pay staff, buy TV time, do mailings and hire people for social media,” Bullock said on Friday. “They won’t leave anything to chance.”

Kennesaw State University political science professor Kerwin Swint said it’s no surprise Abrams and Kemp broke the governor’s fundraising record they set a long time ago. four years, when Kemp narrowly beat Abrams. Since 2018, Abrams has launched the national suffrage organization Fair Fight, landed on Democratic President Joe Biden’s slate considered for his running mate, and has gone on speaking tours across the country.

“Stacey Abrams is an international star,” Swint said.

Kemp, on the other hand, boosted the race by hitting former U.S. Senator David Perdue hard in May’s Republican primary, overcoming former President Donald Trump’s endorsement of his opponent.

“Kemp has proven he can win a tough election without the help of Donald Trump,” Swint said. “He won’t have a problem raising funds either.”

Also contributing to the increased number of fundraisers, this year marks Georgia’s first gubernatorial election involving executive committees. The General Assembly last year enacted legislation authorizing the formation of executive committees that can raise and spend unlimited contributions on behalf of top statewide and legislative candidates.

Although majority Republicans passed the bill over Democrats’ objections, Abrams made good use of his steering committee.

But the Abrams campaign cannot afford to rest on the laurels of its fundraising prowess so far, campaign manager Lauren Groh-Wargo warned in a lengthy call for contributions released Friday.

“To unseat an extreme incumbent who has championed a dangerous and unpopular far-right agenda, we know we must surpass and surpass his inherent advantages in media freedom and the distribution of funds obtained by the federal Democrats to whom he swung. is opposite. ,” she wrote. “We need to keep this momentum going in order to reach millions of voters across the state.”

Kemp’s campaign spokesperson Tate Mitchell said Abrams enjoys her own fundraising advantages in the wide net she is able to cast.

“Far-left radicals across the country are funding Stacey Abrams’ campaign to bring the DC Democrats’ failed agenda to Georgia,” he said.

“Abrams and his liberal allies can – and will – over-raise and outspend our campaign, but we will continue to align ourselves with Governor Kemp’s record of putting Georgians first and delivering historic economic success for our state. .”

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