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State Republicans with big money lead heading into the fall campaigns

Democrats may have the biggest single money-raiser in the governor’s race this year, but the Georgia Republican Party will head  into the fall general election campaign with a huge fundraising advantage.

The state GOP, heavily funded by its elected officials, reported raising $870,740 during the most recent three months, according to disclosures filed with the State Ethics Commission.

The party had $2.58 million banked as of June 30.

The Democratic Party of Georgia raised $335,566 during that period and had $443,287 on hand as of June 30.

The Democrats’ biggest contributors were also elected officials.

The money difference could play a major role in this fall’s governor’s race.

Former Gov. Roy Barnes, the leading Democratic candidate, has raised more money than any other gubernatorial hopeful.

However, in 2006, the state GOP raised millions of dollars – mostly from state lawmakers – to run TV ads for Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue’s re-election campaign.

The party could once …

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