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Greco maintains big fundraising lead, but interesting movement behind him



TAMPA — Former Mayor Dick Greco has widened his fundraising lead, but campaign finance reports Friday suggested a shift in momentum among three other candidates in the Tampa mayor’s race.

Greco raised $127,569 from Feb. 5 through Feb. 24, bringing his total cash contributions so far to $477,510.

Meanwhile, former County Commissioner Ed Turanchik said he raised $59,217, and former Tampa City Council member Bob Buckhorn reported raising $48,197 in cash contributions during the same weeks.

Each was more than former County Commissioner Rose Ferlita’s $40,520 for the latest reporting period.

With nearly $299,000 in cash contributions received overall, Ferlita is still second only to Greco in total donations. Buckhorn is third with $230,798 and Turanchik is fourth with $131,077.

The fifth candidate, Tampa City Council chairman Thomas Scott, said he raised $19,860 in cash during the latest reporting period, bringing his total contributions for the campaign to nearly $51,500.

Despite being behind in total fundraising, Buckhorn and Turanchik said they have sensed a change in the dynamics of the race in recent weeks, with donors and undecided voters increasingly breaking their way.

“You get a feel for it,” said Buckhorn, who said he has been walking door to door all week and seeing a change in how voters react. “Phone calls pick up. Money picks up. It’s a good feeling. It’s really picked up as people have started to focus on the race.”

Also on Friday, Ferlita’s campaign released the results of a poll showing her with 24 percent of the vote, Buckhorn with 22 percent, Greco and Turanchik each with 19 percent and Scott with 5 percent. Nine percent of respondents were undecided.

The automated poll of 819 likely voters was done for Ferlita’s campaign by Voter Survey Service of Harrisburg, Pa. It was conducted Feb. 18-20 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percent, according to a memo from the pollster to Ferlita.

[Last modified: Friday, February 25, 2011 7:32pm]


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