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Georgia 2018: Barbour raises cash for Tippins 

Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is headlining a high-dollar fundraiser this month for Republican businessman Clay Tippins’ campaign for governor. 

The ex-chairman of the Republican National Committee will head to metro Atlanta on March 27 to endorse Tippins and headline the event. Tickets start at $1,000 a couple; top billing as a chair of the fundraiser will run you $20,000

Barbour, who is now a lobbyist, is a longtime mainstay of the fundraising circuit and now one of Tippins’ highest-profile supporters. 

The first-time candidate is aiming for a spot in a possible July runoff against Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, the GOP frontrunner.

Three other candidates are also aiming for that slot in the May primary: Former state Sen. Hunter Hill, Secretary of State Brian Kemp and state Sen. Michael Williams. 

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Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.