Candidates report on fundraising

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ATLANTA — Campaign finance reports for Georgia's crowded gubernatorial field are trickling in.

Among the Republican contenders, U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal led the pack by raising $980,000 during the six-month reporting period. The Gainesville lawmaker also received a $250,000 loan.

State Sen. Eric Johnson of Savannah was a close second, saying he has collected nearly $963,000 in donations since entering the race in April.

Secretary of State Karen Handel said she raised more than $430,000 during the six-month reporting period, and Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine said he took in about $420,000.

State Rep. Austin Scott has raised about $180,000 and long-shot GOP candidate Ray McBerry has raised about $18,000.

On the Democratic side, former Georgia National Guard commander David Poythress raised about $120,000 and received a $185,000 loan during the six-month span.

Former Gov. Roy Barnes raised no money during the period because he formally entered the race in July.

House Minority Leader DuBose Porter reported raising $231,250.

A report for another Democrat, Attorney General Thurbert Baker, was not immediately available.

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