New filings reported by the Associated Press show Governor Brian Kemp of Georgia is by far beating his challenger, David Perdue, when it comes to fundraising.
The filings show Kemp’s campaign had $12.7 million in its account, while Perdue’s account had only $1 million. Perdue has had much less time to raise funds, having only entered the race in early December, but fundraising numbers show he raised far less in the first 56 days of his campaign than any of his opponents.
The filings showed Democrat Stacey Abrams raised $9.25 million by the time of the filings, after announcing her candidacy only days before Perdue. When it comes to beating Abrams, who narrowly lost the gubernatorial race to Kemp in 2018, Kemp’s campaign believes he is the only GOP candidate poised to emerge victorious in 2022.
“It is abundantly clear Gov. Kemp is the only Republican with the grassroots support, conservative record and resources to beat Stacy Abrams this November,” said Kemp spokesman Cody Hall.
Hall also called Perdue’s fundraising total “embarrassing” and his campaign “ego-driven.” Perdue has been strongly endorsed by former president Donald Trump, and believes the endorsement will help him win.
“As the only Trump-endorsed candidate in this race, David Perdue has the message, the momentum, and the grassroots network to win in May and defeat Stacey Abrams in November,” Perdue spokesperson Jenni Sweat said.