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In fundraising, Carter gains ground on Deal

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Associated Press

Democrat Jason Carter began the year about $2.7 million behind in his bid to oust Republican Gov. Nathan Deal.

That's how much of a cash advantage Deal had to kick off the election year. But Carter has proven to be a strong fundraiser, helped in part by his grandfather, former President Jimmy Carter.

For the second quarter in a row, Carter has outraised Deal.

In the last three months, Carter received about $2 million in contributions compared to Deal's $1.27 million. But more importantly for Carter, that cash advantage has narrowed. Deal had about $2.6 million in the bank at the end of June, while Carter had $1.8 million.

One big advantage for Deal, though, is a Republican Governors Association PAC, which has already spent nearly $1.5 million on the race.

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