Georgia’s Lt. Governor Casey Cagle announced today that he has raised nearly $7 million for his campaign to be Georgia’s next governor.

Cagle’s campaign says that he has raised more than $4 million in the disclosure period that will end at the end of this month.  Currently Cagle has over $5.75 million cash in hand to run his campaign.

Cagle claims the support of 100 sheriff’s and 1,500 county leaders that have endorsed him.  Chattooga County Commissioner Jason Winters has long been a Cagle supporter, as has been State Senator Jeff Mullis that represents a large portion of Chattooga County in the Georgia State Senate.

Cagle says that he will cut taxes by $100 million in his first 100 days in office if he is elected governor and promises to create a half-million new jobs in his term as governor.

Cagle is considered to be the leading contender for the Republican in the bid for governor but is facing a crowded primary field.  Also in the race on the Republican side are Hunter Hill – a former state senator, Brian Kemp – the current secretary of state, Clay Tippins – a consulting firm executive, Marc Alan Urback – a journalist, and Michael Williams – a current state senator from Forsyth County.  On the Democratic side State Senator Stacey Evans and State Senator Stacey Abrams are the only two declared candidates.
Two of the Democrats most recognizable names,  Jason Carter – former state senator and grandson of President Jimmy Carter and Kasim Reed – former mayor of Atlanta, declined a bid for governor this election.