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Lori Edwards, Karen Diebel called "fundraising flame-outs"



Political analyst Charlie Cook released his fourth quarter fundraising asessments for congressional races the other day and listed a couple Florida candidates as "fundraising flame-outs": Democrat Lori Edwards, running to succeed Adam Putnam, and Republican Karen Diebel, challenging Suzanne Kosmas:

FL-12: Lori Edwards (D)- For the second straight fundraising quarter, Edwards raised less than $50,000, all but assuring she will have a hard time getting her message out once this open seat race against Republican state Rep. Dennis Ross actually engages.

FL-24: Karen Diebel (R)- Diebel, a Winter Park councilwoman, raised just $55,000 in the fourth quarter, an indication that her campaign operation isn't in strong enough shape for a race against freshman Democratic Rep. Suzanne Kosmas. Republicans are excited about a new candidate, Ruth's Chris Steakhouse CEO Craig Miller.

UPDATE: The Diebel campaign filed an amended report showing it actually raised about $61,000.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 1:18pm]


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