Election 2022: Jen Jordan surpasses incumbent Carr in the race for Ga. Attorney General.
Not all the political money in Georgia is going to the incumbent governor showdown between Republican incumbent Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams, or the U.S. Senate race where Republican challenger Herschel Walker is trying to unseat incumbent Democrat Raphael Warnock. . But some of the candidates on the lower ballot are running on far fewer dollars, as they announced results Friday for the two months ending June 30.
Attorney General Jen Jordan’s Democratic challenger edged out Republican incumbent Chris Carr. Additionally, Democratic Secretary of State Bee Nguyen outscored incumbent Republican Brad Raffensperger in part because she got a runoff and Raffensperger didn’t.
Here’s a look at fundraising for Georgia’s statewide races:
Jones, a state senator from Jackson, has raised $657,000 for the period and $4.7 million so far for the campaign. This excludes a $2 million loan Jones took out from a bank that he used to pay off a previous loan of $2 million. Endorsed by former President Donald Trump, Jones spent big to beat State Senate Speaker Pro Tem Butch Miller and two other candidates in the May 24 primary, leaving himself $452,000 in cash.
Democrat Charlie Bailey, his party’s 2018 nominee for attorney general, defeated Kwanza Hall in the June 21 runoff, raking in $388,000 over the two months and $915,000 in total. Bailey, backed by Abrams, had $116,000 as of June 30.
Libertarian Ryan Graham declared $1,390 in donations and had $1,383 on hand.
The matchup between Jordan and Carr could become the fall’s most expensive downside race.
Jordan’s campaign said the Sandy Springs state senator raised $601,000 over the two months, bringing the Democratic campaign total to more than $2.1 million, with $756,000 in the bank. . Jordan easily beat Christian Wise Smith on May 24.
Carr was close behind, collecting $577,000 for the period and bringing his total for the campaign to $3.2 million. The Republican had $556,000 in the bank on June 30 after knocking out Trump-endorsed GOP challenger John Gordon in the May 24 primary.
Libertarian Martin Cowen did not raise any money and had $632 in cash.
SECRETARY OF STATE
Nguyen, an Atlanta state representative who won a Democratic runoff on June 21 with Abrams’ backing, raised $874,000 before and after the runoff, for a total of $2.17 million nowadays. She had $400,000 in the bank on June 30.
Raffensperger raised $305,000 in May and June by winning the Republican nomination on May 24 despite opposition from Trump. He has raised $2 million so far, including a previous $850,000 loan to himself, and had $104,000 in cash.
Libertarian Ted Metz raised $1,381 and had $363 in cash.
Republican Sen. Tyler Harper of Ocilla, who did not oppose his party’s nomination, raised $250,000 during the period and said he had $938,000 in cash on June 30. Democrat Nakita Hemingway of Dacula, who won a three-way primary on May 24, reported not raising any money and having $49,000 on hand.
Libertarian David Raudabaugh did not raise any money and had $1,600 in cash. No records were available Saturday for the independent Mollie Beavers.
John King, the Kemp-nominated incumbent Republican, raised $169,000, bringing his total for the campaign to more than $900,000. King brought in $90,000 in cash as of June 30 in his first statewide race, after easily beating two other Republicans in the May 24 primary, including Trump-endorsed Patrick Witt.
Democrat Janice Laws Robinson, also her party’s 2018 candidate, said she raised $19,000 during the period, for a total of $61,000 to date. Robinson said she spent nearly $69,000, leaving her with a negative balance of nearly $8,000.
Republican State Senator Bruce Thompson of White, seeking a vacant seat vacated by Mark Butler, raised $327,000, including $177,000 in loans. That brought his campaign total to $663,000, including $327,000 in loans. Thompson, who defeated two other Republicans on May 24, had $121,000 in the bank.
State Rep. William Boddie of East Point, who won a Democratic runoff with Abrams’ endorsement, raised $210,000 in May and June, bringing his total to $528,000. He had $14,000 in cash
Libertarian Emily Anderson said she did not raise and spend money.
Republican incumbent Richard Woods continued his low-dollar road as he rode to victory in the GOP primary on May 24, raising $24,000 for the period to bring his campaign total to $55,000. Woods had $37,000 in cash on June 30.
Alisha Thomas Searcy, who won a four-way Democratic primary on May 24, raised slightly more, bringing in $36,000 during the period for a campaign total of $98,000. She had $13,000 on hand.
PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
Two sets of Civil Service Commission candidates run statewide, although they must live in particular districts.
Incumbent Republican Tim Echols raised $42,000 in District 2, giving him $281,000 for the campaign so far. Echols had $132,000 in cash on June 30. Numbers were not available on Saturday for Democratic challenger Patty Durand, who is facing a legal challenge to her residency.
Libertarian Colin McKinney raised $150 and had $1,142 on hand.
In District 3, Kemp-appointed Republican Fitz Johnson raised $52,000 for the period and $364,000 in total, including an earlier loan of $150,000 to himself. Johnson had $311,000 in cash on June 30. Democrat Shelia Edwards raised $530, bringing her total to $20,000. She had a negative campaign balance of over $3,000.