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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.

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 12:48pm]


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