McBath leads Bourdeaux in fundraising for 7th District House race

The two Democratic congresswomen running against each other in Atlanta’s northern suburbs have plenty of money to wage their campaigns heading into the final stretch.

U.S. Rep. Lucy McBath raised $790,640 during the first quarter of this year, bringing her total for the campaign to more than $3.9 million, according to a report filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Her opponent in the May 24 Democratic primary in Georgia’s 7th Congressional District, Carolyn Bourdeaux, raised $591,541 in January, February, and March, giving her a total for the campaign of just more than $3 million.

Bourdeaux has represented the Gwinnett County-based 7th Congressional District for the past two years. McBath was elected in the 6th District in 2018 but decided to run in the 7th District this year after Republicans in the General Assembly redrew the 6th District map to heavily favor the GOP.

Both candidates are stressing the grassroots nature of their campaigns. McBath received 94% of her campaign contributions during the first quarter from individual donors who gave $250 or less, while 78% of Bourdeaux’s individual contributions were for less than $200.

Neither has accepted contributions from corporate political action committees.

McBath still had more than $2.85 million remaining in her campaign war chest at the end of last month, compared to about $2.1 million for Bourdeaux.

While five Republicans are running in the heavily Democratic district, none had raised $100,000 through March 31. The leading GOP candidate in fundraising, Mark Gonsalves, had brought in $74,983 through the first quarter.

Other Republicans in the race include Mary West, YG Nyghtstorm, Lisa McCoy and Michael Corbin.

The 7th Congressional District includes most of Gwinnett County and the Johns Creek area of Fulton County.

This story is available through a news partnership with Capitol Beat News Service, a project of the Georgia Press Educational Foundation.

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