Since Tuesday’s vote, the tight Republican race for the new 9th congressional district has been a contest to frame the next 15 days of debate.
And the money is quickly following suit.
State Rep. Doug Collins, the frontrunner by 738 votes of 109,778 cast last week, wants to keep the race local. His new “We are the 9th” slogan and condemnations of “celebrity” interlopers such as Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich are aimed at blunting the momentum of his rival, former radio talk show host Martha Zoller.
On Thursday and Friday, the Collins campaign reported nearly $20,000 in new campaign contributions. The largest chunk — $5,000 – comes from former U.S. senator and governor Zell Miller and his wife Shirley. Miller remains the most influential political voice in northeast Georgia.
Another $11,000 comes from Georgia attorneys (Collins is one of their number), including $2,000 from Jim Butler in Columbus.
Zoller will attempt to generate a wave of tea party support, pointing