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Michelle Nunn raises $1.7 million

FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2011 photo provided by A Billion + Change, Points of Light CEO Michelle Nunn speaks at the launch of A Billion + Change, a national campaign to mobilize billions of pro bono and skills-based service resources by 2013, at a ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington. The race for Georgia's U.S. Senate seat started to take shape Monday as Nunn, a Democrat, announced plans to run for her father's old seat, joining a crowded field of Republicans contenders. (AP Photo/A Billion + Change, Kevin Wolf, File)  Michelle Nunn in 2011. (Kevin Wolf/A Billion + Change via AP)

Georgia Democrat Michelle Nunn raised more than $1.7 million between July and September, her Senate campaign said Tuesday, a fast start for the first-time candidate.

Nunn, who announced her campaign July 22, ended the third quarter fundraising period with more than $1.4 million in the bank. Her haul came from more than 6,700 individual donors.

Nunn is head of the Points of Light Foundation and the daughter of former Democratic senator Sam Nunn. Democrats are bullish on her chances in 2014, but Georgia's Republican tilt means she faces an uphill climb.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Rep. Jack Kingston, one of the candidates in the crowded Republican field, raised $800,000 during the third quarter, and ended the period with nearly $2.9 million in the bank.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.

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