We're a little more than six months away from the August 28 gubernatorial primary. Ever so gradually, the horse race is starting to shape up: Six of the seven expected major party candidates have begun campaigning in earnest for Florida's highest office.
Let's take a look at their most recent campaign finance numbers.
The Tallahassee mayor pulled in $154,103.34 last month — about par for the course for a campaign that has long struggled to fundraise at the level of some others. The January haul amounted to around $100,000 less than Gillum raised in December — the difference of about one George Soros check.
The former Congresswoman raised over $450,000 in January between her campaign and an associated PAC. Her camp touted the eye-popping number of individual donors Graham has attracted — 14,000 since the campaign launched in May of 2017. All of those contributors have Graham sitting on over $3 million cash on hand.
The Orlando-area businessman pulled in $260,683 between his PAC and campaign in January — King's best month since April 2017. He's sitting on $1,694,512.08 cash on hand. King's numbers are modest, but they've ticked up of late.
The Miami Beach mayor has proven to be the Democratic candidate with the deepest pockets. He raised over $1 million in January, including some $750,000 from donors, per his campaign. He's already putting that money to work, buying ad time to criticize House Speaker Richard Corcoran and President Donald Trump for their immigration stances.
The Speaker of the Florida House isn't a declared candidate yet, but he's all but certain to run. And he's proven to be a capable fundraiser. A Corcoran-associated PAC, Watchdog PAC, took in $570,000 in just eight January fundraising days. (A Watchdog spokesman noted that Corcoran is not allowed to fundraise during the ongoing legislative session.) The PAC is sitting on an impressive $4,997,075 cash on hand.
Since the day Putnam announced his gubernatorial run in May of 2017, he has been the most reliable fundraiser of any candidate. January was no exception. Florida's agriculture commissioner posted another seven-figure fundraising month, pulling in $1.03 million between his campaign and Florida Grown PC, an associated PAC. Having amassed a staggering $16.79 million war chest, Putnam is a financial force to be reckoned with.
This post will be updated when Rep. Desantis, R-Palm Coast, releases his fundraising totals from January — the first official month of his gubernatorial campaign.