Georgia Sen. Burt Jones

ATLANTA – State Sen. Burt Jones had raised $3.75 million toward his campaign for lieutenant governor through the end of last year, the Republican from Jackson announced Friday.

Jones, who has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump, ended 2021 with $3.4 million cash on hand.

“The outpouring of support for our campaign from every corner of the state has been truly incredible and humbling,” Jones said. “From President Trump’s endorsement to support from grassroots leaders across the state, we hit the ground running from day one and never looked back.”

Jones is part of what is essentially a Trump ticket in Georgia, which also includes U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker; former Sen. David Perdue, who is challenging GOP Gov. Brian Kemp; and U.S. Rep. Jody Hice, who is running for secretary of state.

All back Trump’s allegations – disproven by the outcome of numerous lawsuits – that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from the former president.

With Republican Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan not seeking reelection, Jones will square off in May’s GOP primary against Georgia Senate President Pro Tempore Butch Miller of Gainesville and Savannah activist Jeanne Seaver.

Democrats running for lieutenant governor include Charlie Bailey, who ran unsuccessfully for attorney general in 2018; Bryan Miller, grandson of the late Gov. and U.S. Sen. Zell Miller; and state Reps. Renitta Shannon of Decatur, Erick Allen of Smyrna and Derrick Jackson of Tyrone.

The deadline for candidates for state office to file year-end campaign financial disclosure reports doesn’t fall until the end of this month.

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