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Ga. lawmakers stockpile cash in anticipation of tough midterm climate


Some of Georgia’s GOP members of Congress stepped up their campaign fundraising during the first three months of the year, stockpiling cash as party leaders warn about a tough political climate in the upcoming midterm elections. 

U.S. Rep. Karen Handel, R-Roswell, who won the most expensive House race of all time last year, raised $375,000 between Jan. 1 and the end of March, according to new federal campaign finance reports. That’s a personal best for the 2018 cycle and a more than 43 percent increase from the money her campaign pulled in during the final months of 2017. 

She kicked off April with a formidable $792,000 in the bank.

Meanwhile, the campaign of U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Lawrenceville, ended the first quarter with $472,000 on hand. Unlike Handel, he faces a primary challenger next month and may need to spend some of his money earlier. 

Woodall brought in roughly the same amount of money in the first quarter as he did in the final months of 2017, about $155,000, but he was outraised by Democratic challenger Carolyn Bourdeaux. 

Miko Dougherty