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Crist widens cash lead in 13th Congressional District race



Charlie Crist continues to add to his lead in campaign donations in the 13th Congressional District race.

According to the most recent Federal Election Commission filings, Crist raised $386,272, outpacing Republican incumbent David Jolly, who raised $211,003 in the same period between mid-August and the end of September.

Overall, Jolly, who ran for Marco Rubio’s Senate seat before switching back to defend his House seat in June,  has still raised more overall cash: $1,750,606 to Crist’s $1,452,907. But Crist has been soliciting donations for a lot less time and has quickly closed the gap.

With three weeks before Election Day, Crist also has more cash on hand. The former governor has $775,614 in addition to ample help from the national Democratic Party.

Jolly, who is on the outs with the National Republican Congressional Committee, in part because of his proposal to ban members of Congress from soliciting donations, has $257,930 on hand.

Crist’s more than 3-1 advantage in stockpiled cash won’t make it any easier for Jolly to hold on to his seat or counter a recent advertising campaign emphasizing Crist’s likability on one hand while trying to tie Jolly to Trump in more negative and misleading spots.


[Last modified: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 10:27am]


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