Georgia may not be ready to turn completely red when the votes are tallied on Election Day, based on campaign donations days before the primary.
While Republicans have outraised Democrats when all campaigns are totaled, they don’t lead in three statewide races, and the leading candidate in fourth has 56 percent more than the GOP leader.Â Locally, though, the donor preference is clear so far in this election season, according to contribution reports available Friday at the State Ethics Commission.
At the same time, local donors are no less generous to both parties. Donations from Glynn are on pace to wind up 50 percent higher than the total in the last gubernatorial election year, 2006.)Â While donations are substantially up in counties like Glynn and Chatham, they’re significantly off in most places, like Clarke and Richmond. Glynn is the home of two Republican gubernatorial hopefuls, Jeff Chapman and Otis Putnam, while Chatham is the home of Eric Johnson, who’s in the same race.
It’s natural for candidates to build their campaign on a base of support where they’re best known and liked, said long-time political consultant Tom Perdue, who has worked with statewide candidates from both parties.