Eric Lynn has more cash-on-hand in 13th District race
Eric Lynn may have been passed by Charlie Crist in the cash race on the Democratic side of the 13th District race, but he has more cash on hand and more money available for the race to the Aug. 30 primary.
On Friday, the latest FEC filings showed Charlie Crist had raised $778,000 to Lynn's $753,000 despite having entered the race six months later.
And since Jan. 1, Crist has raised $271,000 to just over $100,000 for Lynn.
But Lynn's campaign announced Monday that the first-time office seeker had more cash on hand for the primary: $547,999 to Crist's $450,974.
Some of Crist's cash can only be used for the general election, for now an afterthought following former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker's decision not to run on the GOP side, Lynn's campaign said.
“These numbers prove that there is broad support in Pinellas County for sending a fresh face with strong, progressive values to Congress,” said Lynn in a statement. “Thanks to the support of my donors, I have been able to reach more voters and organize a robust grassroots campaign to win this hard-fought primary.”
The Crist campaign said it couldn't verify the accuracy of Lynn's primary v. general numbers, which couldn't immediately be verified by the Tampa Bay Times through the FEC reports.
But the Crist campaign reiterated Crist had raised more money overall.
And Crist staffers pointed to a March poll, paid for by the Crist campaign, showing the former governor with a 60-point lead over Lynn, a former Obama administration adviser.
"With our campaign leading in overall fundraising, grassroots donors, and total contributions, as well as in every poll, we're focused on bringing the people's voice to Washington to protect Social Security and Medicare, improve schools, and care for our veterans," said Crist spokesman Franco Ripple.