Updated: If there’s a runoff for governor, Deal and Barnes have cash

If Republican Nathan Deal and Democrat Roy Barnes emerge from today’s general election stuck in a runoff, both will have a good start on fund raising for the Nov. 30 finale.

Reports filed with the State Ethics Commission late Monday show both candidates with more than $800,000 on hand as of Oct. 25.

Of course, much of that could have been spent over the past week as each made a final dash to today’s general election.

But, as of Oct 25., Barnes reported having $864,415.93 in cash to Deal’s $821,938.44. But candidates are also required to report large contributions received between Oct. 25 and today’s vote. In those reports,  Deal discloses having raised an additional $155,250 since the Oct. 25 deadline. Barnes has not filed any of the so-called two-day reports.

The reports both candidates filed Monday detail money spent and raised since Oct. 1. Deal reported raising $1.64 million in the period while spending $2.64 million. Barnes, meanwhile, raised $966,000 in the period and spent $1.71 million.

Libertarian John Monds, who is also on the ballot today, reported having $5,315.90 in cash on hand.

Update 12:34 p.m.: Deal, in his report filed Monday, also returned about $130,000 in questionable contributions that led to an ethics complaint being filed against him.

The AJC reported in October that Deal had taken a series of contributions from companies affiliated with a Gwinnett County businessman, donations that could violate state ethics law that prohibits an individual from using multiple entities to exceed the $6,100 limit on contributions. Other outlets reported that Deal took other contributions exceeding that limit from individuals or corporations.

The complaint, from an individual affiliated with the Democratic Party of Georgia,  was filed Oct. 19 with the State Ethics Commission.

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Anonymous

November 2nd, 2010
10:08 am

Whether there is a gubernatorial runoff, it is very safe to project that Nathan Deal will be the 82nd Governor of Georgia! You all can take that to the bank!

jarvis

November 2nd, 2010
11:41 am

I voted John Monds this morning.

A statement had to be maed that if the two big parties keep rolling out crap as candidates in this state a third party will eventually make some headway.

John Smith

November 2nd, 2010
11:59 am

The only Deal Georgia will get if Nathan is elected is a crooked politician and you can take it to his bankrupt self!!

True Republican

November 2nd, 2010
12:06 pm

Jarvis,

Ya think if Georgia wanted to make a statement to the two established parties then Monds would have more than $5K in the bank. I could have raised more money by putting my dog on the ballot. What a joke.

Monds will be back to ironing his wifes slacks tomorrow. Do you guys really think that a canidate who is in favor of leagalizing weed has a chance in Georgia?

David S

November 2nd, 2010
12:45 pm

So far everyone I know went into the ballot booth, gave serious consideration to the two losers that have been infesting our airwaves, tv sets, and phone lines and voted for Monds. Let’s hope this keeps up.

Nothing is going to change if we keep sending the message to the two major parties that we will vote for your worthless crap candidates so long as you scare us with prospects of the other piece of worthless being worse than yours.

Vote John Monds

David S

November 2nd, 2010
12:47 pm

And by everyone I know, I mean both democrats and republicans.

I mean come on. He is the first black man to make it to the general election in the state’s history and the media have totally ignored that.

Marcus

November 2nd, 2010
12:48 pm

@ John Smith they are all crooked politicians starting with the one from Kenya in the white house.

Don't Blame Me

November 2nd, 2010
12:52 pm

Deal, once again get’s it wrong the first time.

Ralph

November 2nd, 2010
1:07 pm

Notice the quick AJC transition as reality sets in and replaces their wishful thinking:

October 27, 2010, by Aaron Gould Sheinin

The most recent series of polling in the race for governor in Georgia show the contest MOST LIKELY headed to a runoff.

Georgia runoffs LIKELY for governor, attorney general, school …

Headline changed days later to:
Georgia runoffs POSSIBLE for governor, attorney general, school superintendent

Georgia Politics Sunday, October 31, 2010
AJC poll shows Barnes, Deal POSSIBLY heading toward runoff

KT

November 2nd, 2010
1:15 pm

Deal will be in jail within a year – whether he is Governor or not. That man is more corrupt than mob.

KnightInATL

November 2nd, 2010
1:37 pm

I voted for John Monds today for guv’na. It’s really demeaning how Roy and Nathan try to buy our votes with their negative attack ads.

Us vs Us

November 2nd, 2010
1:47 pm

Ralph needs to move out of him mom’s basement and get a job.

jarvis

November 2nd, 2010
1:52 pm

True Republican…your name fits. You read my comments and didn’t understand what I was saying.

Aaron Gould Sheinin

November 2nd, 2010
2:10 pm

Ralph, I noticed the headline change, too. The original headline did not reflect what the story said, I didn’t think. I’m glad they changed it finally.

Aaron

November 2nd, 2010
2:22 pm

True Republican, I think your dog would do a better job governing Georgia than either the Democrats or Republicans too. True Republican’s Dog for Governor 2014!

south georgia possum

November 2nd, 2010
3:51 pm

For all of you scumbugs that wanna keep pounding Nathan Deal listen to this…and you’ll see just what kind of a man he really is. A high school teacher in cobb county gave her financial class twenty questions about money. She told the students to interview the older generation and record thier answers. she told one student who is related to Nathan Deal she would give her extra credit if she could get her answers from gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal. Well guess what? The student emailed the questions to Nathan’s wife monday. AS much as this man has on his mind and as much as he probably has to think about on this election day he sat down at breakfast with his family this morning and had his daughter interview him and he gave answers to all twenty questions as his daughter typed and emailed the answers to this eighteen year old high school student from Cobb county. THIS IS THE KIND OF MAN NATHAN DEAL IS AND THE KIND OF MAN GEORGIANS WILL ELECT GOVERNOR TODAY. AND BY THE WAY..THIS WAS THE FIRST ELECTION THIS YOUNG HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT WAS ELEGIBLE TO VOTE IN…AND GUESS WHO SHE VOTED FOR AS GOVERNOR OF GEORGIA.

td

November 2nd, 2010
3:54 pm

David S

November 2nd, 2010
12:45 pm

You really need to get out a little more my friend. I have over 500 friends on FB and the who did you vote for status we are doing only shows 2 people voted Libertarian. About 40 voted for Roy and it is over 100 for Deal.

jarvis

November 2nd, 2010
4:53 pm

Possum, that’s the most irrelevant thing I’ve seen on here today.

south georgia possum

November 2nd, 2010
5:44 pm

Jarvis..You’re one of those irrelevant scumbugs i had in mind when i posted this blog.

Common Sense

November 2nd, 2010
7:12 pm

I realize we have not clear quality candidate for Governor, but if you are voting for that corrupt trial lawyer country boy Roy Barnes, you are doing yourself and others a huge disservice. He was a disaster his first term, and his answer to failing schools is to throw more money at them. Great idea when it has been proven repeatedly that our schools waste and mismanage funds on par with the federal government with no one to oversee what is going on. Then again, his answer is to dumb down students and reward the NEA members. Georgia’s education system needs major changes, and he won’t do a dam thing except raise our taxes. He is corrupt as heck and a moron.

Common Sense

November 2nd, 2010
7:13 pm

To those badmouthing Nathan Deal, why in the hell didn’t you vote for Karen Handel?!!

Common Sense

November 2nd, 2010
7:29 pm

There goes the AJC, reporting negatively on a Republican candidate (what a shock). Hey, let’s vote back in the hayseed trial attorney! I want to pay more taxes so we can see more funds wasted in the school systems! Remember this is all about the “chuldren” as Roy calls them. What BS. What a collossal embarrassment this state is. A laughing stock on par with the two pathetic college football teams.

ihatega

November 2nd, 2010
7:43 pm

i can’t even fathom voting for some dumbazz that has cows in a political commercial. Shows just how dumb the southerners are that this is how he panders to them. Sad this state can’t dig up a better choice than these two – if forced – i vote for deal – but would prefer to govern ourselves until we can find an intelligent and ethical candidate.

Peter

November 2nd, 2010
8:39 pm

Look at the failed education system in this state, and thus the election results.

Peter

November 2nd, 2010
8:41 pm

Common sense says let’s pray for rain…..lets do nothing about traffic, lets build a fish farm, cause that is important……let’s lie to the state about our financial status, cause that is what Republican’s do.

Peter

November 2nd, 2010
8:44 pm

Common sense say if Nathan Deal told the truth about his failed finances, he would be in the election today…….The lies will continue for 4 years, and the developers will yet again take over.