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February 7, 2016

Florida House Candidate Posts Another Big Fundraising Quarter

Graham, Democrat, is challenging Southerland, above. ( Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Attorney Gwen Graham, a Democrat, raised $563,000 in the second quarter, adding to her war chest as she gears up for a competitive race in Florida’s 2nd District, according to numbers provided first to CQ Roll Call.

Graham’s haul brings her total cash on hand to $1.57 million in her race against GOP Rep. Steve Southerland II. At the end of the first quarter in March, Graham reported $1.4 million in the bank.

Southerland has yet to release his second-quarter numbers, which cover the period between April 1 and June 30. They are due to the Federal Election Commission on July 15. Southerland ended March with $1.18 million in the bank — a cash-on-hand disadvantage compared to Graham.

Democrats tout Graham, the daughter of former Sen. Bob Graham, D-Fla., as a top recruit in this district, located in the Florida panhandle. House Democrats must net 17 seats to win the majority — a tall order in this midterm cycle.

Graham has already begun advertising in the district ahead of an eight-day “Grilling with the Grahams” tour, where she will travel around the district with her father.

Democrats are targeting the 2nd District as a pick-up opportunity in November. GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney won here in 2012 by a 6-point margin.

Both the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee reserved television advertising here in the fall. The NRCC reserved $900,000, while the DCCC reserved $785,000.

Florida’s 2nd District is rated a Leans Republican contest by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

  • Layla

    Florida is home to over a quarter of a million homeless children living in cheap motels. Not one dime of federal money has gone to these families. And now you want billions to care for illegal alien invaders?

    Go ahead, waste millions on elections. With answered prayers, you’re all to be voted out of office soon enough for the crimes you have committed against this country, against the people of this country.

  • pmorton

    You need to be talking to Rick Scott and yes, we will be voting him out in November.

  • Finetime71

    1. We didn’t know that we have legal alien invaders living among us. So, which planet is home base for the illegal ones?
    2. There are not 250K homeless children in Florida. The estimate is closer to 50K, but there are 800K living in poverty. Republicans championed federal cuts in food stamps and housing while subsidizing agri-business, and conservatives just love rich slumlords like Sterling rather than fostering affordable housing.
    3. We get it, Republican want Obama to break the law by not funding the $1.8 billion of the $3.72B that guarantees the children a deportation hearing so that they can campaign that Obama is breaking the law.

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