U.S. Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Rome, is still spending money faster than she’s taking it in, but she’s heading into the campaign season with more than $2.6 million in the bank.
Her Democratic opponent, Marcus Flowers, reported close to $900,000 cash on hand in his July quarterly filing with the Federal Election Commission through June 30.
Flowers and Greene are facing off for Georgia’s 14th Congressional District seat in the Nov. 8 general election.
The district covers all of Floyd, Chattooga, Polk, Paulding, Gordon, Catoosa, Dade, Murray, Walker and Whitfield counties along with a southwest section of Cobb County. More than 74% of its voters in the primary pulled a Republican ballot.
So far this year, Greene has reported donations totaling $2,877,846 and expenditures of $3,634,714. Her war chest is bolstered by a surplus from her first campaign and an outstanding loan of $950,000 from herself.
Her total receipts for this election cycle, beginning in January 2021, are reported at $10,246,641. Expenses are $7,973,847.
Flowers reported $10,762,238 in donations and $9,890,245 in expenditures. It’s the Bremen veteran’s first time running for political office.
Both candidates have attracted donations from every state in the country, and they’re running highly visible — and expensive — online fundraising campaigns.
California was the top donor state for them both, according to their FEC reports. Greene also saw donations from Florida and Texas beat out her total from Georgia. Flowers’ second-highest aggregate came from Georgia donors, followed by New York and Florida.
Both candidates swept their primary elections without the need of a runoff. They also outraised and outspent their competition by large margins. The next-highest fundraiser was Democrat Holly McCormack, with a grand total of $1,893,033.
Cost per vote
The FEC filings show what it cost each candidate per vote and hint that it’s not money alone that may carry a race.
Republicans spent a total of $8,431,308 during the primary contest among six candidates. Greene netted 69.54% of the vote and was responsible for 94.6% of the spending. All together, it cost an average of $81.19 for each of the 103,841 votes cast.
Here’s a look at the individual totals:
♦ Greene spent $110.42 for each of her 72,215 votes.
♦ Jennifer Strahan, a Paulding County healthcare CEO, spent $22.89 for each of her 17,595 votes.
♦ Eric Cunningham, a logistics executive based in Dallas, spent $0.35 for each of his 6,390 votes.
♦ James Haygood, a transportation engineer from Rydall, spent $3.82 for each of his 3,790 votes.
♦ Charles Lutin, a retired physician from Atlanta, spent $11.60 for each of his 2,304 votes.
♦ Seth Synstelien, an e-education program designer from Dallas, spent $7.28 for each of his 1,547 votes.
Democrats, with a low turnout, had a pricier race, averaging $457.78 for each of the 26,885 votes cast in that primary. Flowers got 74.70% of the vote with 80.36% of the spending.
Here’s a breakdown of the three candidates’ toll:
♦ Flowers spent $492.49 for each of his 20,082 votes.
♦ Wendy Davis, a political consultant and former Rome city commissioner, spent $101.94 for each of her 5,141 votes.
♦ Holly McCormack, an insurance agency owner from Ringgold, spent $1,139 for each of her 1,662 votes.