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Following the money behind Georgia's open senate seat

6:55 PM, Jul 18, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston raised the most money during the second quarter among Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate seat of the retiring Saxby Chambliss. 

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But Rep. Phil Gingrey ended June with the most campaign cash among the four hopefuls who have officially entered the 2014 GOP primary contest thus far.   

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Kingston, R-Savannah, raised $807,523 during April, May and June, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. That total included $195,445 the veteran congressman's now-terminated House re-election campaign brought in and $612,078 he has raised since officially entering the Senate race in early May.   

Gingrey, R-Marietta, raised $415,064 during the second quarter. Although that was significantly less than Kingston received during those three months, Gingrey had $2.56 million in his campaign war chest as of June 30 compared to $2.35 million cash on hand for Kingston. Rep. 

Paul Broun, R-Athens, raised $387,626 during the second quarter, leaving his campaign with $400,877 at the end of June.   

Former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel, the latest entrant to the Senate campaign, raised $154,015 between mid-May, when she jumped into the race, and June 30. She had almost all of that money available at the end of the reporting period after spending just less than $4,000. Chambliss, R-Ga., announced in January that he would not seek re-election next year to a third term in the Senate.

The Democrats do not yet have a declared candidate. 

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