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Michelle Nunn rakes in $3.45 million in second quarter

WASHINGTON -- Democrat Michelle Nunn raised $3.45 million in the second quarter of this year, a whopping figure that likely will rank among the best in the country.

Nunn's outside fundraising from April, May and June is more than Jack Kingston and David Perdue combined -- and the two Republican runoff participants are allowed to collect an extra maximum $2,600 in runoff funds from top contributors. They also will burn much of their sums ahead of the July 22 vote.

The Nunn campaign did not say how much it spent or how much cash it had on hand as of June 30, ahead of formally filing its Federal Election Commission report. Nunn had already reported raising $736,000 in April ahead of the primary, so the report will show about $2.7 million for May and June.

Nunn has now raised $9.3 million since entering the race a year ago. By comparison, Kingston has raised $5.2 million, and Perdue has raised $2.6 million and added $3.1 million of his own money.

Nunn has had the benefit of being her party's consensus choice since the get-go, a relative breeze of a primary and a national fundraising base that the Republicans, so far, can only dream of -- and try to turn into a liability. But plenty of GOP money will come off the sidelines once the party picks a candidate, not to mention an expected Super PAC deluge.

Here's the Nunn campaign's full press release:

ATLANTA – Michelle Nunn, former CEO of the Points of Light Foundation and candidate for U.S. Senate, announced today that her campaign has raised over $3.45 million in the second quarter and over $9.3 million since she got into the Georgia Senate race under a year ago. 

More than 39,000 people have lent their financial support to Michelle’s campaign since she entered the race – more than three-quarters of whom have given $100 or less. She raised $300,000 more in the third quarter than both her opponents combined. Her campaign has collected donations from every county in Georgia. Supporters aren’t just investing dollars – they are investing their time and know-how too. Over 6,000 Georgians have participated in the campaign's grassroots mobilization efforts, including attending trainings, phone banking, canvassing, and other activities to communicate Nunn's message.

" Our campaign continues to gain momentum because Georgians are tired of what’s going on in Washington, and they are ready for collaborative and common sense leadership. When I talk to individuals across the state, they say they want our political leaders to stop fighting all the time and start working together to tackle the challenges that face our nation. We need leaders who will work across party lines to grow our economy and get people back to work by creating jobs,” Nunn said. 

Over the last three months, Nunn has traveled across the state meeting with Georgians and highlighting all the ways Washington could learn from Georgia. In May, Nunn rallied 300 volunteers ahead of her May 21 primary to makeover a school in southeast Atlanta. In June, Nunn and her family traveled on the What Washington Can Learn From Georgia: Working Together, Creating Results tour, visiting Georgia towns and highlighting all the ways folks in Georgia are working across differences to get things done.

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