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Tuesday, July 7, 2009 - 1:45pm

Republicans Lead in Campaign Contributions

Campaign finance reports for Georgia's crowded gubernatorial field are trickling in. Among the Republican contenders, state Sen. Eric Johnson of Savannah raised nearly $963,000 since he entered the race in April. Secretary of State Karen Handel says she raised more than $430,000 during the six-month reporting period, while Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine says he raised about $420,000. State Rep. Austin Scott has raised about $180,000 and long-shot GOP candidate Ray McBerry has also raised about $18,000. U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal had yet to report.

On the Democratic side, former Georgia National Guard Commander David Poythress said he raised about $150,000 during the six-month span. Reports for the other three Democrats running - former Gov. Roy Barnes, House Minority Leader DuBose Porter and Attorney General Thurbert Baker - were not immediately available.

Click here to see complete reports at the State Ethics Commission's website.