Gore Leads Georgia Fund-Raising Vice President Tops GOP Rivals' Total

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WASHINGTON -- Vice President Al Gore raised more than $200,000 from Georgia contributors during the first three months of the year, more than eclipsing the fund-raising efforts in the state of the entire GOP presidential field.

An analysis of campaign finance records filed with the Federal Election Commission show that Gore collected $208,575 in contributions of $200 or more from 255 Georgia residents during the first quarter of 1999.

Former New Jersey Sen. Bill Bradley, the vice president's only announced opponent for the Democratic nomination, raised $15,100 in the state during the same period.

Texas Gov. George W. Bush led the GOP presidential field in the early hunt for campaign cash in Georgia, but three other Republican hopefuls are showing significant financial strength in the state.

Bush raised $80,500 in contributions of $200 or more from Georgia residents during the first three months of the year, while Elizabeth Dole, the former head of the American Red Cross, raised $54,250; conservative activist Gary Bauer collected $33,100; and former Tennessee Gov. …