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Abrams' and Kemp's fundraising tops $165 million

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Georgia Governor Brian Kemp takes a photo with attendees of the Black Radio United for the Vote Town Hall in Atlanta on October 4, 2022.

Brian Kemp and Stacey Abrams have raised more than $165 million combined in their second matchup to be the state's next governor. That figure, raised by the two gubernatorial candidates through October 25th, represents more than three times the amount they raised during the 2018 governor’s race.

The money has gone to pay for nonstop advertising and a ground game of canvassers and texters in a nationally watched contest that has brought in contributions from across the country.

Tuesday was the deadline for the last major campaign finance report before next week’s midterm elections. The latest filings this week by state candidates show how much of a battleground Georgia has become since the closely contested Kemp-Abrams fight of 2018 and the Democratic victories in the presidential and U.S. Senate contests two years later.

Kemp reported raising more than $8 million over much of the past month and ending the latest reporting period with $10.3 million in the bank. Abrams, who has long had a nationwide fundraising network and collects most of her money from outside Georgia, reported raising more than $11.5 million over the past 3 1/2 weeks and ended the latest fundraising period with $5.6 million in the bank.