Walker raises $5.5 million in Georgia Senate race, trailing Warnock

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FILE - Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., leaves the Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington on April 7, 2022. Warnock's re-election campaign announced Thursday, April 14, 2022 that it has raised $13.6 million in the first three months of 2022, the campaign says is the most money ever raised by a U.S. Senate candidate in the first quarter of an election year.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

FILE – Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., leaves the Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington on April 7, 2022. Warnock’s re-election campaign announced Thursday, April 14, 2022 that it has raised $13.6 million in the first three months of 2022, the campaign says is the most money ever raised by a U.S. Senate candidate in the first quarter of an election year. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Georgia Republican Herschel Walker said Friday his U.S. Senate campaign raised $5.5 million in the first three months of 2022, a big gain that is still dwarfed by the $13.6 million the incumbent Democrat Raphael Warnock raised during the same period.

A former soccer star, Walker is the GOP front-runner but faces five other Republicans in the May 24 primary. A runoff on June 21, if necessary, would settle the Republican nomination.

Georgia will be a key battleground in the 2022 midterm elections to determine which party controls the US Senate. Republicans long dominated statewide races until Georgia helped elect Joe Biden as president and allowed Democrats to control the Senate by electing Warnock and fellow Democrat Jon Ossoff in a a second round in January 2021.

Walker has raised $14.6 million since announcing his run. Campaign spokesperson Mallory Blount said Walker had nearly $7.4 million in cash.

Among other GOP primary candidates, Navy veteran and former bank executive Latham Saddler said he raised $651,000 in the quarter and has nearly $2 million in cash. . Former State Rep. Josh Clark raised nearly $103,000 and had nearly $123,000 on hand. Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black raised $214,000 during the period, but spent more than he raised, leaving him with $792,000. Construction company owner Kelvin King raised $199,000, but also spent more than he raised, leaving him with $145,000. Former Army General Jonathan “Jon” McColumn had yet to file or release totals.

Walker, a political newcomer, won the Heisman Trophy at the University of Georgia and went on to play in the NFL. President Donald Trump, a close friend of Walker, supports her run despite questions about Walker’s business dealings and history of violence against women.

In the Democratic primary, Warnock is a heavy favorite to defeat Tamara Johnson-Shealey. Libertarian Chase Oliver will also be on the general election ballot in November.

Walker’s campaign said it received donations from more than 50,000 donors.

“The Republican candidate against Warnock will have to raise funds and bring new voters to the table. I do both,” Walker said in a statement.

Warnock said Thursday he had $25.6 million. He has raised $43 million for this election cycle, after raising more than $125 million for his 2020 Senate race.

Warnock, who is pastor of the church in Atlanta where the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. preached, became Georgia’s first black US senator after winning a special election in 2020 to fill Republican Sen. Johnny’s unexpired term. Isaacson. Isakson resigned due to failing health; he died in December.

Georgia also has a number of competitive congressional races. Here is an overview of some:

2ND DISTRICT

In Southwest Georgia’s 2nd District, which became slightly more Republican in the redistricting, longtime incumbent Sanford Bishop said he raised $441,000 and had $725,000 in cash. Among Republicans, Jeremy Hunt raised $438,000, while Wayne Johnson raised $271,000 including a $225,000 loan to himself, and Chris West raised $152,000 including a $50,000 loan to himself. -same.

6TH DISTRICT

In a suburban open seat redesigned to be much more GOP-friendly, Republicans led the fundraiser. ER doctor Rich McCormick raised $611,000 and had $1.16 million. Lawyer Jake Evans raised $411,000, including $200,000 more in loans to himself, and had $1.24 million. Former teacher and business owner Mallory Staples raised $154,000 and had $521,000 in cash.

7TH DISTRICT

In Gwinnett County’s 7th District, redesigned to be much more Democratic, incumbent Carolyn Bourdeaux raised $530,000 and had $2.1 million available. Lucy McBath, the 6th District Democratic incumbent who entered the 7th District race, raised $804,000 and had $2.9 million in cash.

10TH DISTRICT

In that open seat in east Atlanta, most of the top Republican candidates continued to rely on self-funding to keep pace. Mike Collins raised $144,000, including a $66,000 loan and had $744,000 in cash. David Curry raised $245,000 including a $200,000 loan and had $298,000 in cash. Marc McMain raised $209,000, including a loan of $180,000, and had $296,000 in cash. Alan Sims raised $160,000 including a $110,000 loan and had $287,000 in cash. Timothy Barr dodged the loans, raising $139,900 and bringing in $150,000 in cash. Trump-endorsed Vernon Jones, a former gubernatorial candidate, had yet to file.

14TH DISTRICT

In Northwest Georgia’s 14th District, Republican incumbent Marjorie Taylor Greene raised $1.07 million and was left with $3 million after spending $1.38 million. Republican challenger Jennifer Strahan raised $216,000 and had $157,000 on hand. Democrat Marcus Flowers raised $2.4 million, but spent even more, leaving him with $1.9 million. Holly McCormack, another Democrat, raised $360,000 but spent far more than she raised, leaving her with $84,000.

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