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Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 7:00am

Kingston Sets Senate Fundraising Pace

Two sitting congressmen have the largest campaign accounts less than a year before the Republican U.S. Senate primary.

But it's Rep. Jack Kingston who has set the pace for new fundraising in the first six months of the year. The Savannah Republican raised more than $807,000 during the second quarter of 2013. It's the second consecutive quarter Kingston topped $800,000 in contributions.

The haul nearly helped him surpass Rep. Phil Gingrey in remaining cash.

The Marietta Republican raised $415,000 from March to June, but finished the quarter with $2.56 million, a few thousand dollars ahead of Kingston.

A third congressman, Republican Paul Broun from Athens, raised $388,000 but finished with only $400,000 in his accounts.

Former Secretary of State Karen Handel, the most recent candidate to begin fundraising, collected $154,000.