As Election Day closed in, Kasim Reed released documents showing that he has outraised rival Mary Norwood by nearly 2-to-1 in the final weeks of Atlanta mayoral campaign, erasing the advantage Norwood enjoyed at the outset of the runoff.
Together, the candidates have raised — and spent — more than $1.3 million in the final phase of the contest.
Neither candidate has released more than summaries of their financial positions, which means that most voters won’t have a complete picture of their support before casting a ballot.
Reed’s total includes a $52,500 personal loan to his campaign. He had already loaned himself nearly $100,000.
The basics on Norwood:
– Amount raised since October: $467,329;
– Total contributions: $1,975,048;
– Total spent since October: $566,204;
– Total expenditures to date: $1,908,629;
– Cash on hand: $66,419;
The basics on Reed:
– Amount raised since October: $914,826;
– Personal loan: $52,500.
– Total contributions: $2,553,987;
– Total spent since October: $790,761;
– Total expenditures to date: $2,263,134;
– Cash on hand: $290,853;
My AJC colleague Eric Stirgus has more details here.
This lead paragraph from this morning’s New York Times is typical of the view from outside Georgia:
With the city’s voters heading to the polls on Tuesday, the neck-and-neck runoff for mayor has distilled into a sharp contrast between a self-styled outsider, Mary Norwood, who is appealing to voters who want a change, and the ultimate insider, Kasim Reed, who has amassed scores of endorsements from Atlanta’s political and business elites.
While they wait for the votes to be counted, many Georgians will be watching President Barack Obama’s 8 p.m. speech on Afghanistan. Georgia Public Broadcasting has decided to carry the address on all TV stations.
Phyllis Jenkins Barrow, the longtime Democratic activist and mother of U.S. Rep. John Barrow, has died at age 89, after a long illness. This from the Athens Banner-Herald:
Barrow, an Athens native, was a World War II Women’s Army Corps veteran and an associate professor at the University of Georgia. She was active in county, state and national Democratic organizations, civil rights, and numerous civic and charitable organizations.
“She was a woman of elegance and wisdom,” former Athens-Clarke Mayor Gwen O’Looney said. “She guided not only the Democratic Party, but she was a real mentor for young women in this community.”
The New York Daily News reports that the spokeswoman for Ralph Reed’s 2006 bid for lieutenant governor is writing a semi-scandalous book. The working title is: “My Burning Bush: A Political Memoir of Biblical Proportions.”
By all indications, Lisa Baron won’t be spilling any secrets on the ex-leader of the Christian Coalition. According to the Daily News:
When she met Reed, then a GOP campaign guru, his “movie-star good looks and uncanny ability to articulate conservative thoughts … made me swoon,” she writes. “Ralph’s light blue eyes and tanned, turned-up nose made me forget that he was the poster child of political polarization.”
To the public, he was “a Christian cape-crusader ridding the world of profanity and porn,” says Baron. But “the man I knew” had “a hard-drinking past, a soft spot for the ladies, a taste for the good life and a hunger for power.”
Baron does not claim there was any romance between them, but she does believe Reed “felt an instant connection to my bound-for-hell soul. I made him feel young and he made me feel smart.”
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