Money chase on in Florida 2nd Congressional fight
Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Panama City, raised $461,000 in the second quarter, an official tells the Buzz, his best quarter ever.
But Democrat Gwen Graham came out strong, too, pulling in $375,000 in her first quarter since becoming a candidate for the 2nd Congressional district.
Graham's campaign said she has about $300,000 cash on hand. Southerland's numbers were not yet available.
The contest is one of several to watch in Florida. Freshman Patrick Murphy (FL-18) said this week he has $1 million in the bank after raising $520,000 for the second quarter. Several Republicans have already declared their candidacy.
In FL-26, Democratic freshman Joe Garcia of Miami pulled in $440,000, and has $800,000 cash on hand. This morning, Republican Carlos Curbelo officially entered the race.