Whether the fundraising will match the polls won’t be seen for a month, but Julie Jordan — Democratic nominee for state House District 179 — improved on her numbers from the second quarter of this year by reporting $17,343 in contributions between the beginning of July and the end of September. That bests the second quarter total by more than $7,000.
Incumbent Rep. Don Hogan, R-St. Simons Island, is coming off his first term in the House and didn’t start a serious fundraising push until the third quarter. His report noted $35,176 in contributions and $19,515.13 in expenditures, leaving him with $15,660.87 on hand.
Jordan spent $8,036.69 during the last quarter and shows $22,495.44 on hand — an advantage of $6,834.57 over Hogan — in a district that didn’t produce a Democratic challenger for eight years.
Both candidates reported a sizable number of itemized contributions, with Hogan showing 138 contributions at a $254.89 average, and Jordan reporting 100 itemized contributions at an average of $155.10.
House Republican leadership dipped into their accounts for Hogan, who received $2,000 from House Majority Leader Jon Burns, $1,000 from Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones, $500 from House Majority Caucus Chairman Matt Hatchett, along with Reps. Trey Kelley ($500), Jesse Petrea ($500), Jan Tankersley ($250) and Kevin Tanner ($500). Steven Sainz, who defeated Camden County Rep. Jason Spencer in the HD 180 Republican primary, gave $50, and Alex Atwood — the former state representative and current Glynn County magistrate judge — gave $200.
Jordan reported support from the GAE Fund for Public Education ($2,600), Georgia Win List ($1,500), LetUSLead ($1,000) and the Georgia Responsible Leadership Fund. Georgia Win List supports female Democratic nominees, LetUSLead is a local effort backing candidates who support social-emotional learning, and the GRLF supports Democratic candidates. Jordan also received $100 from Markisha Butler, Democratic nominee for Glynn County Board of Education’s At-Large Post 1.
In terms of expenditures of note, Hogan paid Faulkenberry Certain Advertising $12,622.41, and gave W. Gregg & Associates of Savannah $820 for consulting services. He also sent $400 each to GOP gubernatorial nominee Brian Kemp and secretary of state nominee Brad Raffensperger.
Jordan noted ad purchases in The Brunswick News ($145) and through Golden Isles Radio ($840) and iHeart Media ($795).
Other state legislative races continue to fit closer into the narrative of the previous elections, with Rep. Jeff Jones, R-St. Simons Island, raising $25,375 and maintaining a cash-on-hand advantage over Cedric Z. King, Democratic nominee for HD 167, of more than $32,000. Jones also brought in several thousand dollars from the House Republican leadership. Brunswick Mayor Cornell Harvey gave $100 toward King’s effort.
The disparity is even larger in the Senate District 3 contest, where incumbent Sen. William Ligon, R-White Oak, reported more than $70,000 on hand, while Democratic nominee Jerrold Dagen showed a little more than $700. Ligon received several thousand dollars from the Senate Republican leadership, including $2,500 from Senate Majority Leader Bill Cowsert.
Between consulting fees and advertising, Ligon’s campaign paid Faulkenberry Certain Advertising $9,573.56, along with $2,180 to Bryant Arrington of St. Simons Island, $920 to W. Gregg & Associates of Savannah, $607 to Cherokee Roses Consulting of Forest Park and $500 to the Commotion Agency of Acworth.
Ligon also sent contributions to Republican gubernatorial nominee Brian Kemp ($1,500); state Sen. Fran Millar, R-Atlanta, ($1,500); GOP state Senate candidate Matt Reeves ($500); and U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan, the 3rd District Republican from South Carolina ($1,500).
In the gubernatorial race, Kemp vastly outdrew Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams in Glynn County, with $191,725 raised over the last quarter compared to Abrams’ $23,979.34. Kemp pulled in $36,750 from metro Brunswick, $123,525 from St. Simons Island and $29,550 from Sea Island. Abrams posted totals of $1,944.36 from metro Brunswick, $20,553 from St. Simons, $539.56 from Jekyll Island and $267.42 from Sea Island.