Cagle, Abrams maintain fundraising leads in governor’s race

[private]The latest round of campaign disclosure reports in the governor’s race shows no change at the top: Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Stacey Abram are still the leading money-raisers in their respective primaries.

In all, the candidates have raised a total of more than $22 million as of March 31.

On the Republican side, Cagle has raised $6,790,315 and had spent $2,254,804, although he’s in the middle of a major TV advertising campaign.

Bunched behind Cagle are Secretary of State Brian Kemp, former state senator Hunter Hill, and consultant Clay Tippins, a first-time candidate.

Kemp has raised $2,920,108 and spent $1,288,587, leaving him with $1,631,521 cash on hand. Hill has raised $2,702,053 and spent $1,581,189, while Tippins has raised $2,544,518 and spent $952,999.

State Sen. Michael Williams (R-Cumming), who lent his campaign $1.5 million, has been unable to build much on that total — he’s raised $1,786,003 in all. But he’s also been more frugal than the others, spending $517,185 and still having $1,268,818 cash on hand.

Williams has also been lagging behind the others in early polls of the race.

On the Democratic side, Abrams has raised $3,280,652 but continues to have the highest burn rate of any candidate in either primary. She has spent $2,382,098 and has only $898,553 cash on hand, the smallest total of any candidate.

Abrams has been following a strategy of spending heavily early on field organization – but will she run out of money before the May primary?

Stacey Evans has raised $2,617,889, which includes $1 million she lent her campaign. She has spent the more modest amount of $1,131,367, although she has started running TV commercials.

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