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Kingston reports $2.3 million in cash

Coastal candidate posts fundraising numbers big enough to quell concerns about ability to compete statewide in money game

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Rep. Jack Kingston

Republican Senate hopeful Jack Kingston will report having banked nearly $2.3 million in cash on hand at the close of the second fundraising quarter, an aide confirmed Thursday to Tipsheet.

Kingston, a Savannah congressional lawmaker who entered the GOP contest mid-quarter amid doubts about his ability to fundraise given the state’s regionalism as ascendancy, raised a respectable $800,000 between April and June, spokesman Chris Crawford said.

That second-quarter haul is more than double the receipts logged by the only other campaign to disclose its top-line figures, rival Republican Rep. Paul Broun, who told reporters earlier this week he had raised a meager $385,000.

Kingston entered the crowded Republican race in May and transferred nearly $1.8 million from his House account, meaning campaign expenses for the last period were somewhere in the ballpark of $250,000.

Crawford said Kingston will file his formal report, which will show the campaign completely debt free, with federal campaign finance authorities later this week.

- James Richardson