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Kemp beats Perdue in gubernatorial campaign fundraiser |

ATLANTA — Gov. Brian Kemp dominates governor’s fundraising less than four months before the May 24 Republican primary.

Kemp has raised $19.3 million for his re-election bid and another $2.3 million through Georgians First, a steering committee made possible by controversial legislation passed by the General Assembly the last year.

Former U.S. Senator David Perdue, who entered the race for the Republican nomination last month, has raised just $1.1 million, The Hill, a Washington, D.C. publication that covers Capitol, reported on Tuesday. Hill.

Perdue’s initial campaign fundraising report was not registered on the Georgia Transparency & Campaign Finance Commission website as of Tuesday.

Democrat Stacey Abrams, who lost to Kemp four years ago and is seeking her unopposed party’s gubernatorial nomination this year, has raised $9.3 million, according to a report her campaign filed with of State.

Kemp declared $13.3 million in cash as of January 31, including his campaign and Georgians First. Abrams wrote down $7.2 million in his campaign war chest, also late last month.

Neither educator Kandiss Taylor nor human resources manager Catherine Davis, Republican gubernatorial candidates, had filed a campaign finance report with the state on Tuesday.

While Perdue trails Kemp far behind in fundraising, the ex-senator is counting on former President Donald Trump’s endorsement to give his candidacy momentum.

Trump, who backed Kemp in the 2018 Republican primary, was angered by Kemp’s refusal to go along with his attempts to overturn the results of Georgia’s 2020 presidential election.

The Perdue campaign also received good news on Monday when a federal judge ruled that Kemp could not use any of the funds raised by his executive committee to help win the Republican nomination. A lawsuit filed by Perdue claimed the 2021 law gave Kemp an unfair advantage in that only the incumbent governor could raise funds during the primary race through a steering committee.