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February 11, 2016

Alex Sink Stomps Republican Competition Fundraising

Sink is off to a strong start. (Tim Boyles/Getty Images File Photo)

Updated 5:28 p.m. | Former Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink raised exponentially more money than any of her Republican rivals in the the special election to replace the late Republican Rep. C.W. Bill Young in Florida’s 13th District.

Sink, a Democrat, raised $1.1 million and will report “over” $1 million in cash on hand, according to a release. Candidates in the tossup race were required to file pre-primary fundraising reports by Thursday.

Her closest Republican fundraising rival was GOP lobbyist David Jolly, who raised $388,000 and reported $141,000 in cash on hand. Jolly donors included former Republican Reps. Henry Bonilla and Robert Livingston and retired game show host Bob Barker. Barker, a friend of Jolly’s, notably cut an ad for Jolly that aired in early December.

Sink, who narrowly lost to Republican Rick Scott in the gubernatorial election of 2010, is the likely Democratic nominee in the tossup race. The Republican primary is shaping up to be a three-person field, featuring Jolly, state Rep. Kathleen Peters and veteran Mark Bircher. The primary is on Jan. 14.

Peters raised nearly $170,000 in her pre-primary report filed Thursday.

Peters entered the race in mid-November, but the campaign had a high burn rate going into the final stretch before the primary against GOP lobbyist David Jolly and veteran Mark Bircher. She spent about $152,000 and reported around $18,000 in cash on hand.

Peters’ paperwork showed that her individual donors were mostly Florida-based, but she picked up some help from Washington, D.C.

The leadership PACS of Republican Reps. Lynn Jenkins of Kansas, Virginia Foxx of North Carolina, Ann Wagner of Missouri and Daniel Webster of Florida gave to Peters’ campaign, along with VIEW PAC, an organization dedicated to electing Republican women to Congress.

Roll Call reported earlier Thursday that the leadership PAC of Rep. Martha Roby, R-Ala., appeared on Peters’ 48-hour report, which was filed prior to the more extensive pre-primary report.

Bircher raised $58,000, which included a $23,000 personal loan and $21,ooo personal contribution. He had $12,000 in the bank.

The general election will take place on March 11. The race is rated Tossup by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

Roll Call will continue to update these figures as other candidates file.

  • southerndemnut

    Depending on how the primary goes and if the GOP candidate cannot get adequate traction, I would probably call this race Tossup/Tilt Democratic.

  • Roberto M

    Given that Republicans tend to line themselves in a circular firing squad when it comes to primaries, your assessment is an understatement.

  • hey_middle_america

    she could outraise them 10 to 1 and whoever the republican is will win

  • lookolook

    How and why?

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