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Wednesday August 5th, 2015 2:31AM

NE Georgians send $349k to Romney, Obama

By Ken Stanford Reporter
GAINESVILLE - The presidential election is now less than a month away and by a margin of about 3-to-1, northeast Georgians are throwing their monetary support to Republican Mitt Romney. But the margin statewide is much closer.

According to the Federal Elections Commission (FEC), as of last Thursday, Romney had received contributions totaling $252,748 from people living in 3-0-5 zip codes, an area which stretches from South Hall to Rabun County and Toccoa to Fannin County. President Obama, meanwhile, can count $96,499 in contributions from the same area - one of the most conservative parts of the state.

The FEC says there have been 556 contributions to Romey's campaign from the area, a number of them involving more than one contribution from an individual. The amounts range from four dollars to $2,500. Forty-two of the contributions have totaled $2,500 each. By law, the maximum amount an individual may contribute is $2,500 for the primary and $2,500 for the general election.

Meanwhile, the number of contributions to President Obama's campaign totals 1,233 but the individual amounts have been much smaller than those Romney has received - with most appearing to be $100 or less.

In all, Georgians have contributed $11.9 million to the two candidates - $6.4 million to Romney and $5.5 million to Obama. The FEC says Georgians gave another $3.1 million to the several men and women who challenged Romney for the GOP nomination leading up to the July Republican Primary. Meanwhile, the $5.5 million that went to Obama represents the total amount contributed to the Democratic cause. The President was the only Democratic presidential candidate running in the party's primary in the state.
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