Barnes raises $2.7M in comeback bid

ATLANTA -- Former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes has raised $2.7 million in his comeback bid.

The Democrat reported the six-month haul in a campaign filing provided to The Associated Press on Thursday. It's the largest amount reported so far over a six-month period in the race to replace outgoing Gov. Sonny Perdue.

Barnes, who entered the race in June, has spent a little more than $470,000 and still has $2.2 million in the bank.

Expectations are high for Barnes, the only candidate in the race who's already held the job.

He raised $20 million in his failed 2002 re-election bid against Perdue. Barnes lost despite outspending Perdue 4-1.

This year, he's battling four other candidates for the Democratic nomination. Seven Republicans are also running.