Thought of by most to be the Sunshine State’s “new” congressional seat, each side are spending closely in Florida’s fifteenth Congressional District. However Republican Laurel Lee is the one candidate who nonetheless holds six figures within the financial institution because the clock winds down.
She reported $257,132 in cash-on-hand in her most up-to-date fundraising replace, in comparison with Democrat Alan Cohn’s $35,503.
A Secretary of State beneath Gov. Ron DeSantis, Lee has held a bonus financially since winning a heated Republican Main in August. Cohn, who ran for various configurations of CD 15 twice earlier than, was capable of enter his Democratic Main late and still win.
However he hasn’t been capable of catch as much as his Republican rival within the cash sport. In whole, Lee has collected $1,382,124 for the competition, whereas Cohn has raised $641,347.
Cohn has spent a lot of his cash on mailers, dropping greater than $177,000 with AMHC to fill district mailboxes in a single week in October, and has additionally polled the district in latest days.
Lee, in the meantime, has chunked cash down on positioned media by means of Mentzer Media, greater than $86,000 on Oct. 14 alone. She entered the ultimate weeks of the race ready to step up spending as voters started in-person early voting.
In the meantime, outdoors teams additionally offered a better carry to Lee, who had $1,048,107 in constructive spending. A lot of that got here from the Conservative Motion Fund, an excellent PAC financially tied to Lee’s husband former Florida Senate President Tom Lee, and by the conservative Individuals For Prosperity’s political arm.
About $70,853 in adverse advertisements was funded by Engineering America’s Future, an excellent PAC linked to Main opponent Jackie Toledo, however which delivered that small little bit of mudslinging earlier than the August election.
One signal the race could also be fizzling is that no outdoors spending was ever reported to both enhance or bust Cohn.
Of be aware, the redistricting course of at numerous staged plotted a future for this district that might have been extra aggressive. The Florida Senate even handed a map that might have crafted a seat Joe Biden gained in 2020. However the final product signed by DeSantis made this a Donald Trump seat — although barely. About 50.86% of voters beneath the brand new strains went Republican within the Presidential Election, with 47.74% favoring Biden.
On the identical time, Democrats felt bolstered when voter registration tightened, leaving this one of the vital intently divided congressional seats in Florida. However it’s additionally one arguably break up between each the Orlando and Tampa media markets, so it would by no means be an inexpensive place to marketing campaign.