“It’s how you spend the money,” he said.
At this point in 2010, Democrat Joe Martin had a similar financial lead over Republican John Barge. Barge, though, won the race. Barge unsuccessfully campaigned to become governor this year.
Most of Wilson’s contributors were labor organizations and Democratic lawmakers. Woods’ support came largely from county Republican parties, GOP state legislators and a few opponents of the Common Core education standards, which are used in Georgia and 44 other states. Woods is a vocal opponent of Common Core, describing it as “Washington micromanaging.”
Kennesaw State University political science professor Kerwin Swint said there may be more contributions to Woods from Common Core opponents and people donating to Wilson who support the policy.
While Wilson has raised more money, she has also spent nearly ten times as much money as Woods, the reports show. She’s paid two companies, Diversified Resolution, Inc. and Pirouette, $27,000 since July for canvassing and field operations. Swint said he expects Wilson to use much of her money on voter mobilization efforts, in conjunction with the state Democratic Party.
Woods said he has traveled 40,000 miles during the campaign and plans to do more before the election.
Swint said both candidates will spend most of their money in the final weeks on get-out-the-vote efforts such as mail to specific voters, telephone calls, grassroots mobilization and newspaper ads. Both campaigns said they’d use some, if not all, of those methods.
Election Day is Nov. 4.