Dr. Ben Carson’s fall visit to Lawrenceville may not have given him a leg up in the polls, but it looks like it's given him an edge with Gwinnett County voters.
Carson leads in campaign donations from Gwinnettians who gave the neurosurgeon $51,236 toward his campaign, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s 2016 presidential financing interactive database. The database uses recently released Federal Election Commission data, which, in the chart below, shows the donations to the 2016 presidential candidates in 20 Gwinnett ZIP codes. (Gwinnett is the second most-populous county in the state.)
The donor support could help Carson in tomorrow's SEC primary, where Georgians and residents in 14 other states will help decide the Republican and Democractic nominations.
The Republican ticket has garnered the most financial support from Gwinnett reisdents with Sen. Ted Cruz holding a close second spot for most financial backing from Gwinnett with $45,663. 97 raised.
Hillary Clinton has a considerable lead in giving on the Democratic ticket with $38, 046. 28 coming from Gwinnett voters. Clinton, who rallied at Atlanta's City Hall Friday, raised twice as much as her opponent Bernie Sanders, who had raised about $16,000 at the end of the quarter
The two Republican candidates fundraising feats in Gwinnett compare to their statewide fundraising. Cruz beats out Carson across the state with more than $150,000 raised statewide, according to an AJC report. Carson trails Cruz by about $20,000 across Georgia. Though Donald Trump is leading by nearly 50 percent in a new CNN poll, the billionaire has very little financial backing from Georgians.
Likely due to his campaign being primarily self-funded, Trump only raised $14,000 in Georgia, according to the FEC report.
More than $1,000 of that came from Christo Makrides, the chief financial officer of the Buckhead Life Restaurant Group.
“He is all about the tough decisions, he does not avoid confronting people or special groups who need to be confronted,” Makrides said. “He will call the difficult choices, which means that some people will get angry for his actions, opinions and decisions.”
For an in-depth look at which candidates have the most support by dollars, visit the interactive chart. You can see amounts raised by ZIP code.
For a statewide look at money raised by quarter and by candidate, visit the statewide interactive chart.
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