The event was hosted by Gov. Perdue and Lt. Gov Cagle.
Dozens of Republicans crowded the sunny hotel atrium to retrieve name tags that cost $1,000 a person for the main reception and $2,300 for a VIP event in an upstairs meeting room.
McCain said in an interview that money and support both are well within in his grasp.
He has struggled with the former, compared with his Democratic opponents, U.S. Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, both of whom had raised $135 million through Jan. 31, according to Federal Election Commission records. McCain raised $54 million.
“They deserve great credit for raising lots of money,” McCain said. “We are now, by uniting the party, able to reach out to donors who supported other candidates. And so we’re seeing a significant increase in contributions.”
But “we really do have a long way to go,” he said. “A little straight talk, a long way to go.”