Pam Keith launches 'road warrior' tour in U.S. Senate primary's final week
Undeterred by her status as an underdog, Miami Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Pam Keith is making a final push to sway primary voters ahead of next Tuesday's election.
For what she's dubbed "Pam's Road Warrior Whistlestop Tour," Keith has planned a busy schedule of public appearances in almost every corner of the Sunshine State in the days remaining before the Aug. 30 primary.
She'll be at a community event in Tallahassee tonight, and then she's in Jacksonville tomorrow. Thursday, she has events in Ocala and St. Petersburg. From Friday through Tuesday, she'll wind her way from the Space and Treasure coasts to southwest Florida and then back over to West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami.
Keith's candidacy has gotten more visibility this summer, while the Democratic front-runners -- U.S. Reps. Patrick Murphy and Alan Grayson -- have each faced controversy. (Murphy was found to have embellished his academic and professional credentials, while Grayson's former wife last month accused him of prior domestic abuse, which he disputes.)
Keith, a labor attorney and former naval officer, has been campaigning for Marco Rubio's U.S. Senate seat longer than any candidate from either major party this cycle.
But her gradually-increasing momentum hasn't translated into standout political or financial support -- the likes of which ignited Murphy's campaign in particular, after the national Democratic establishment rallied around him. Keith has been outspoken about the party's embrace of Murphy. She hasn't actively sought endorsements for herself, but she did get the backing of a couple prominent national women's groups and she counts South Florida state Sen. Dwight Bullard, D-Cutler Bay, as among her supporters.
Keith's latest FEC filing shows she raised about $21,400 in the five-and-a-half weeks between July 1 and Aug. 10, bring her total raised to date up to $133,100. Her campaign was also loaned $92,200 this cycle; more than 90 percent came from Keith herself. She reported $8,600 in cash on hand, as of Aug. 10.