Augusta candidate puts up $250,000 for runoff bid

Rick Allen

An Augusta businessman is giving another $250,000 of his own money to his campaign for Congress — a sign the candidate is confident he’ll advance to the Republican runoff election Aug. 21.



Rick W. Allen reported putting the money into his campaign fund Thursday, two days after results from the four-way GOP primary showed Allen and Augusta attorney Wright McLeod running neck-and-neck for second place. Unofficial returns showed Allen leading by just 570 votes. McLeod could be eligible for a recount after official results are certified next week.


Allen’s latest cash infusion brings his total personal investment in the 12th District race to $540,000. If he makes the runoff, he will face Republican state Rep. Lee Anderson Grovetown.


The runoff winner takes on Democratic Rep. John Barrow in November.



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