Carter to Report $1.3 Million Raised In Seven Weeks.

January 3, 2014 14:02 pm

by Buzz Brockway · 11 comments

From the AP:

Democrat Jason Carter will report $1.3 million in contributions to his campaign for Georgia’s governor, a sizeable haul in just over seven weeks and in a state where Republicans control every statewide elected office.

Carter, a state senator and grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, announced in November that he would be challenging Republican Gov. Nathan Deal, who is seeking a second term. State and national Democrats have rallied around Carter and he is not expected to draw a major primary challenger.

Carter campaign chair Michael J. Coles told The Associated Press on Friday that Carter will report the money by the Jan. 8 deadline. Coles said the campaign had more than 1,800 donors, with over 1,500 of them from Georgia.

Another impressive aspect of this is that it appears Carter is yet to tap into his Grandfather’s national fundraising network.

Discuss.

Thomas Adams (@GeorgiaCRE) January 3, 2014 at 2:28 pm

Carter to Report $1.3 Million Raised In Seven Weeks. – From the AP: Democrat Jason Carter will report $1.3 million… http://t.co/THNZ2lFKL9

analogkid January 3, 2014 at 2:40 pm

I can say with near certainty that I will be voting for Jason Carter. That said, I’m going to guess that the 300 non-Georgia donors account for the lion’s share of that $1.8M. If that prediction turns out to be wrong, we may have a legitimate race for governor on our hands.

Chris Huttman January 3, 2014 at 2:43 pm

Actually I would be surprised. I believe there will be many large Georgia contributions, in addition to many small ones.

Bull Moose January 3, 2014 at 4:38 pm

This is a great first show! He has tremendous room to grow. Electing Jason Carter is the best thing that Georgians can do to save ourselves from the great decline that will be coming as a result of the enormous cuts in education that have occurred over the past 10 years, the lack of planning in transportation planning, and the the constant display of the lack of ethics in the current administration. When you appoint nothing but your cronies and contributors, you don’t necessarily get great results and we are living at the end of the stick of those decisions.

We are not on the path of continued prosperity as a state and anyone who thinks that we are, needs to consider reevaluating their priorities.

gt7348b January 4, 2014 at 6:56 pm

One correction – there hasn’t been a lack of transportation planning, there’s been a lack of political will to make a decision on those plans and how to fund the needed improvements.

Dave Bearse January 5, 2014 at 11:14 pm

The flip side, cynically, is the planning was lacking because it should have focused on prioritizing the retirement of transportation infrastructure for which there is no forseeable budget to maintain. (A few days ago I predicted in a comment that federal transportation funding would be on the political agenda this year.)

mpierce January 5, 2014 at 10:01 am

And the 100+ years of Dem control before that did wonders for our education?

Are those “enormous cuts in education that have occurred over the past 10 years” responsible for Georgia closing the education gap with the rest of the nation?

Chris Huttman January 6, 2014 at 9:45 pm

Your definition of closing the gap differs from mine. First of all, Georgia made great gains from 1992 to 2003 (when Republicans took over) in most subjects. Prior to Zell Miller’s election, the Democratic Party is essentially the Republican party of today, so I don’t really think it’s fair to make too many “100+ years” remarks – afterall if you think Nathan Deal deserves credit for the past 4 years, does he also deserve the blame for when he was in the Democratic leadership in the state Senate in the 1980s?

So compare Georgia to NJ – a state that already had a big lead on us (so in theory gains should be harder for NJ than they are for Georgia because they’re already closer to excellence and some percentage of their kids can’t really improve).

Math 4th graders (2003-2013), NJ up 3.3%, Ga up 4.3%
Math 8th graders, NJ up 5.3%, GA up 3.3%
Read 4th graders, NJ up 1.8%, Ga up 3.7%
Read 8th graders, NJ up 3.0%, Ga up 2.7%.

So that’s kind of a wash. Closing the gap? How many of the above scores does the Ga of 2013 exceed the NJ of 2003? Just Math 4th graders, where Ga is 1 point higher in 2013 than New Jersey was in 2003. All the other, Ga is still behind where NJ was in 2003, and this is after NJ had similar (some higher some lower) percentage gains than Ga did over the same period.

Hey – we closed the gap!

mpierce January 7, 2014 at 12:09 am

(2003-2013)
Math 4th graders, Nation up 3.0%, Ga up 4.3%
Math 8th graders, Nation up 2.9%, GA up 3.3%
Read 4th graders, Nation up 2.3%, Ga up 3.7%
Read 8th graders, Nation up 1.9%, Ga up 2.7%
Science 8th graders, Nation up 1.3%, Ga up 2.7% (2009-2011)
Writing 8th graders, Nation up 1.3%, Ga up 4.1% (2002-2007)

Yes we closed the gap with the nation in 6 out of 6 categories.

mpierce January 7, 2014 at 12:22 am

Prior to Zell Miller’s election, the Democratic Party is essentially the Republican party of today

I don’t know too many Republicans that would favor Jimmy Carter over Zell Miller.

Bull Moose January 5, 2014 at 12:49 am

Okay, so I stand corrected… they planned and then did nothing… Might as well have saved the money from the planning and we’d have the same outcome!

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