Georgia Rep. Jack Kingston, one of a handful of Republicans vying for the state’s open Senate seat, raised $1.1 million in the first fundraising quarter of 2014, according to figures provided first to CQ Roll Call.
Kingston’s quarterly haul stemmed in part from 45 fundraisers and meet-and-greets held from January through March, the campaign said, and 89 percent of the total haul were from within the Peach State. Kingston ended March with $2.1 million in cash on hand.
“The generosity of so many both in volunteer hours and financial support has been overwhelming,” Kingston said in a statement. “Libby and I cannot thank everyone enough for their dedication to our campaign. Together we can retake the Senate and restore the American Dream.” In the May 20 primary, Kingston faces fellow Reps. Paul Broun and Phil Gingrey, along with former Dollar General CEO David Perdue and former Secretary of State Karen Handel. Broun raised $345,000 in the quarter and had just $230,000 on hand, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution , which also cited a zpolitics report that Gingrey raised $326,000.
First-quarter fundraising reports are due April 15 to the Federal Election Commission.
Two of the five Republicans will likely advance to a July 22 runoff, and the winner will face Michelle Nunn, the former head of the Points of Light Foundation and daughter of former Sen. Sam Nunn, D-Ga. The race is one of two best offensive opportunities for Democrats, and, given the unpredictability of the GOP primary, Republicans in the state are concerned about the possibility of nominating a weak candidate who could lose to Nunn.
All are hoping to replace retiring Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss. The race is currently rated Republican Favored by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.