Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (Getty Images)
ATLANTA -- Gov. Nathan deal raised $4 million during the last half of 2013, far outpacing any of his challengers, the governor's reelection campaign reported Wednesday.
More than half of the Republican incumbent's donations came from small-dollar individual contributors, and 94 percent of the money came from Georgians.
"From grassroots supporters to the business community, from the coast to metro Atlanta to the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Georgians continue coalescing around Gov. Deal," Tom Willis, the governor's campaign manager, said in a prepared statement. "This report reflects Georgians' trust in Deal's leadership and his conservative vision."
Democratic state Sen. Jason Carter of Decatur raised $1.3 million toward his gubernatorial bid during the first seven weeks of his campaign, much less than Deal but a strong showing for a challenger running for statewide office for the first time.
On the Republican side, Dalton Mayor David Pennington raised about $375,000 toward his effort to oppose Deal in the May 20 Republican primary, according to a report filed with the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission.
Georgia School Superintendent John Barge, also seeking the Republican gubernatorial nomination, had not filed his campaign finance report with the state agency as of Wednesday morning.
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(Atlanta Business Chronicle)