The new Ninth District is in the midst of a GOP primary race that have four contenders going against each other: Rep. Doug Collins (R-Gainsville), conservative talk radio host Martha Zoller, Jackson County Commission Chairman Hunter Bicknell, and newly announced entrant Clifton McDuffie.
Here are a few numbers for you folks to mull around in your noggin from the Gainesville Times:
4th Quarter of 2011:
Rep. Doug Collins: $57,499 in contributions plus a $15,000 personal loan
Martha Zoller: $59,550 in contributions
Jackson County Commission Chairman Hunter Bicknell: $13,359
Clifton McDuffie has announced intentions on running for Congress, but hasn’t filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission, so no numbers are available yet.
The more interesting thing to see is that Rep. Collins has more cash on hand than Ms. Zoller does: $114,268 vs. $19,368, respectively according to the FEC. Chairman Bicknell had $6,499 on hand according to his report.
Based on the cash race, both Doug and Martha could be considered the front-runners in the race. Take the numbers and make predictions as you wish. The primary is July 31st.