Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams raised more than $22 million in May and June, catapulting her to a huge financial lead over her opponent, Republican incumbent Governor Brian Kemp, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Between May 1 and June 30, Abrams received approximately $9.8 million in campaign contributions, while $12.3 million was raised through his steering committee, which is not subject donation limits.
Abrams now has about $18.5 million in total cash on hand and has increased its ad spend in recent months.
Since launch During her campaign last December, the former State House Minority Leader and suffrage advocate raised more than $49 million, backed by her executive committee.
Kemp easily defeated former Senator David Perdue in the May Republican gubernatorial primary, sidelining former President Donald Trump to push to deny him gubernatorial renomination due to his refusal to overturn current President Joe Biden’s 2020 victory in Peach State.
However, he now finds himself behind Abrams in fundraising, having raised $3.8 million in the same period, as well as an additional $3 million through his steering committee.
Kemp’s campaign told the Journal-Constitution that as of June 30, it has about $7 million in cash.
Since taking office in 2019, Kemp has raised more than $25 million for his re-election efforts, according to the newspaper.
The pair will face off in November revenge of their hotly contested 2018 contest, which Kemp won by just under 55,000 votes out of nearly 4 million ballots.
In a Quinnipiac poll published By late June, Abrams and Kemp were tied with 48% support among registered voters, with both candidates enjoying near-unanimous support among their respective party bases, while Abrams had a 10-point lead with independent voters. .
For decades, Georgia was a conservative stronghold, but in recent years it has become a competitive swing state, with Biden winning and double wins of the Democratic Senses. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff giving the party hope it can defy expected GOP headwinds this fall.
Warnock, who is running for a full six-year term this fall, will face Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker, the former University of Georgia footballer. Ossoff will no longer be on the ballot until 2026.