Michele Nunn Rakes $1.6 Million

January 6, 2014 8:30 am

by Charlie · 8 comments

The AJC’s Greg Bluestein got the early word:

Her campaign told us tonight she raised more than $1.6 million in the last three months, and that about 80 percent of those donors gave less than $100. That comes on the heels of her $1.7 million take during the first three months of the campaign.

Nunn’s campaign said it’s totaled some $3.3 million from more than 10,000 donors since she entered the race in July. The line-by-line details and cash-on-hand figures won’t be available until later this month, but we already know one of her most interesting donors is former U.S. Sen. John Warner, a Virginia Republican.

“This campaign is about doing things differently and the diverse group of people joining our effort proves it,” said Nunn, who said her supporters want to “replace the political bickering and gridlock in Washington with pragmatism and problem-solving.”

Bluestein notes that the money will continue to cement the notion that Nunn is the presumptive Democratic nominee, despite the best efforts of “Dr Rad” and Steen Miles to let everyone know that they’re running too.

The overall takeaway is this:  The Senate Race won’t be won (or lost) on money.  Nunn Represents what the Democrats are currently raising.  The GOP currently has 8? candidates raising money, with much  of the potential money sitting on the sidelines at least until the field is whittled to two.  Even then, if this race is close, there will be enough money from both parties – much of it out of state – to go around.

It’s not about the money.  It’s about which side has the most electable candidate.

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peachpundit (@peachpundit) January 6, 2014 at 8:30 am

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Harry January 6, 2014 at 9:31 am

If it’s not about the money why is so much of it in the system?

Charlie January 6, 2014 at 9:44 am

Because it buys access, and in many cases, power.

But if both sides have relatively equal numbers “investing” in the process, you have to look beyond the money. I don’t expect either side to win or lose this based on financial advantage. This one will be decided based on which candidate appeals to the largest number of Georgia voters.

Chris Huttman January 6, 2014 at 2:11 pm

Of course the Republicans in Georgia will have whatever amount they need in both the Gov and Senate races to compete.

The flip side is, Democratic donors have these other options: NH, WV, KY, NC, FL, LA, AR, MN, SD, & MT and they are at least at this point saying GA is a top option along with the rest. Some of these donors can afford to give to all 11 states that could have top tier races, but not all of them are that way. And even someone who wants Nunn to win could have given the money to the DSCC instead on the theory that if it’s close the money will be spent on Nunn.

By no means do I think Georgia is about to become a solid blue state. Yet, we were the second closest state of all states (NC was 1st) in 2012 for Obama that he didn’t win. Our margin, of 7.82% for Romney, is closer than states like Indiana, New Mexico, Michigan, Missouri and Arizona which have had in recent years governors and senators elected from both parties.

We are barely less competitive (within 2%) of states that have recently elected statewide officials from different parties than how they vote Presidentially, like Minnesota (recently had GOP governor, Senators), Wisconsin (GOP Gov/Sen), Nevada (GOP Gov/Sen), Iowa (GOV Gov/Sen), New Hampshire (both parties), Pennsylvania (GOP Gov/Sen) and Colorado (both parties recently).

The most important position that Democrats can put themselves in, here in Georgia, is the position that if it is possible, they snatch victory instead of looking back on a winnable race that didn’t have the resources. That’s pretty much what you can ask for, similar to the position the Republicans were in in 1994, 1998 and 2002.

2g Strategies (@2gstrategies) January 6, 2014 at 9:36 am

From @peachpundit Michele Nunn Rakes $1.6 Million – The AJC’s Greg Bluestein got the early word: Her campaign … http://t.co/aMzI7XtKtJ

Three Jack January 6, 2014 at 11:00 am

And she accomplished this without yet focusing on a GOP nominee. Just imagine how much she’ll raise if Gingrey or Broun is the nominee.

Scott65 January 6, 2014 at 7:37 pm

She wont need to raise as much if either of them win. I dont think Gingrey or Broun (especially Broun) would raise as much money simply because big donors are not fond of throwing out good money. Broun is a sure loser, with all the YouTube video in the world to help (same for Gingrey…just not as much)

Jon Lester January 6, 2014 at 11:45 am

Well, I’m doing my part to remind everyone of Dr. Rad’s candidacy. I’ll also be reminding everyone that she favored intervening on behalf of jihadis in Syria, for no better reason than because that’s what Debbie Wasserman-Schultz wanted. I do not believe Broun or Gingrey will win the GOP primary (although I do expect a runoff and a whole lot of stupid in those three weeks).