Deal outraises Carter in fundraising for Georgia governor's race, Carter leads in cash on hand

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ATLANTA — Gov. Nathan Deal on Tuesday reported raising a little more than $5 million in the last quarter of his re-election bid, although Democratic opponent Jason Carter has a slight edge in cash heading into the final week of the campaign.

Campaign finance reports were due Tuesday. The Carter campaign said it expects to report about $3 million in donations over the past three months with about $2.8 million in cash for the final stretch leading up to the Nov. 4 election.

The Deal campaign told The Associated Press that it will report just over $2.6 million in cash.

Carter, a state senator from Atlanta, has outraised Deal during the past two quarters — narrowing Deal's financial advantage in the competitive race. Deal's last filing reported that he had raised about $9.3 million for the race.

"We've seen an enormous outpouring of support from grassroots donors who are sending contributions of $5 and $10," Carter's campaign manager Matt McGrath said in a statement.

Deal's Chief of Staff, Chris Riley, noted that roughly 88 percent of the governor's campaign contributions have come from within Georgia.

"Georgians in every corner of the state believe Governor Deal will continue building on his record of job growth, educational investment and economic growth," Riley said.

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