State Rep. Austin Scott (R) pulled in just over a quarter of a million dollars since dropping out of the race for governor to instead challenge Rep. Jim Marshall (D) in Georgia’s 8th House district.
Scott, who will face a nominal primary challenge this month but is all but certain to be his party’s nominee this fall, showed $251,000 in receipts in about two months of fundraising. That total included about $56,000 in money Scott loaned to his campaign.
But even without those personal funds, Scott still outraised Marshall, who reported about $165,000 in receipts for the three month fundraising quarter from April to June.
The incumbent, though, was sitting on a hefty campaign warchest; Marshall had more than $981,000 in the bank on June 30, while Scott had about $213,000 in cash on hand.
I read a few weeks ago that an Emory Political scientist is predicting the next house to be split by a one vote majority for either party. If it’s anywhere near that close in the fall, expect GA-8 to become ground zero for national politics, and this race to get very expensive on both sides.