Georgia 2018: Kemp raises nearly $2M in hunt for governor

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp.
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Secretary of State Brian Kemp raised about $1.7 million in the opening months of his campaign for governor, a strong initial showing in the wide-open 2018 contest.

Kemp was the first candidate to formally announce for governor, entering the race in late March, and he’s running as a pro-Donald Trump candidate who aims to rally the state GOP’s rural base with a “Georgia First” campaign.

He’s trying to position himself as the top rival to Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, the presumptive front-runner and one of four Republicans in a contest that also includes state Sens. Hunter Hill and Michael Williams.

Kemp’s supporters were quick to note that his fundraising haul, while paling in comparison to the eye-popping numbers for Georgia’s 6th District race, was among the largest in the opening stages of a gubernatorial contest without an incumbent.

In 2010, by contrast, the top candidate raised about $1.2 million in the first financial fundraising report. That contender was Cagle, who later dropped out of the race and ran for re-election to Georgia’s No. 2 job instead.

The specifics of his report were not immediately available. Hill’s campaign said he has raised more than $1 million during the March-to-June fundraising period. Cagle is likely to top the $1 million mark as well, while Williams is expected to dip into his personal fortune to help finance his campaign.

Two Democrats are also in the race, and both have fundraising bona fides: State Reps. Stacey Abrams and Stacey Evans.

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Philip Montgomery
Philip Montgomery

MR. KEMP might remember he wants votes for GOVERNOR as he releasing my personal information.

David Wilmoth
David Wilmoth

Wonder if his money came from out of state I bet the republicans will not raise a fuss if it did like they did in the 6th vote

Randy Morris
Randy Morris

Who you gonna pick jay Bookman? I need to know who will NOT win!

Barbara Austen Cheng
Barbara Austen Cheng

Why would I vote for Kemp who doesn't respect Georgia voters or constituents? No way.

Martha Heath Johnson
Martha Heath Johnson

Did he cook our voter registration books or is that's why POOTOO wants the info so that the cooking will be done on that end with Russia's help? Stay tuned!

Annie Cook
Annie Cook

It doesn't matter who you vote for with our paperless trails and ancient easily hacked voter machines. Our state motto should be "I voted, I think. I hope."

Jessica Guidice Conroy
Jessica Guidice Conroy

I'm sick and tired of reading about all the money that is being raised for these races. Why is no one talking about the track record and competency of the candidates instead????This country is going into the toilet because of MONEY MONEY MONEY!!!

David Freedom
David Freedom

This guy looks good for me, I need more information on him

Doug Rogers
Doug Rogers

How much of that money came from the RNC and therefore from Russia.

Ralph Bowles
Ralph Bowles

We don't need this idiot as Governor, or his trump like politics.We need someone that cares about the PEOPLE in the great state of GEORGIA.

Marilyn Hupp
Marilyn Hupp

So glad i dont donate money to politicians

Lorraine Roberts
Lorraine Roberts

No! we don't need this inept, party over people person in our governor's mansion.

Arthur Oneal
Arthur Oneal

Kemp should resign for turning over my private voter info to anybody!!

Diane Geary
Diane Geary

Why do citizens keep pouring $ into these campaigns...I continue to think we don't need endless and annoying tv ads, robo calls, or yard signs or 3x per day mailings of literature over and over again. We need some tv news interviews (free) with your agenda and policy positions and a website to communicate with you the candidate. Throw in a debate or two and we are done. Folks, we can never get the money out of politics if we continue to feed the beast! Let's make 2018 the year of change!!

Michelle Beasley
Michelle Beasley

He has already release GA voter info twice! First, emailed...YES EMAILED... Voter information to an unauthorized distribution list of people. Second, our voter information has been on an unsecured website for months!!! Kemp is UNQUALIFIED to do his job. WILL NOT BE GOVERNOR!!!

Patrick Fleeman
Patrick Fleeman

Amazing. All you frigging politicians can raise millions for anything but you can't find homes or feed Americans that really need it. You take our money and send it to foreign nations like its yours. Term limits is a must.

Ralph Johnson
Ralph Johnson

You don't know what you're talking about for every dollar that United States spends on Foreign aid 75 cents comes back to the States that's a fact.

John Dunn
John Dunn

I'm sure the Republican outrage over Kemp's money from out of state will be coming any moment now ;)

Don Thieme
Don Thieme

He will release complete SS#s and credit histories if he loses.

Angel M Charleton
Angel M Charleton

I've been watching Michael Williams (I'm not educated enough to make a decision yet though)