Created: Wed, 24 Jul 2013 02:15:00 EST
Updated: Fri, 16 Aug 2013 12:37:53 EST
ATLANTA (AP) — The race for cash is heating up for Georgia's open U.S. Senate seat, with Democrats touting a sizeable haul in the 24 hours since Michelle Nunn announced and a Republican candidate using the announcement to drum up donors. Zac Petkanas with the Nunn campaign said Wednesday online supporters have already given $79,000. Nunn is the daughter of former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn of Georgia and has spent her career leading nonprofits. Among Republican candidates, former Secretary of State Karen Handel launched a "Donate to Defeat Nunn" page on her website and emailed supporters a photo of Nunn with President Barack Obama. Handel recently reported raising $154,000 in six weeks. The other Republicans running are U.S. Reps. Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey and Jack Kingston who have been raising money for months.