No matter who emerges as a winner Tuesday night, the first order of business for both the GOP and Democratic nominee for governor will be to hit up donors. The final campaign reports before the Sept. 5 primary were due today and show that all four candidates have spent nearly everything.
They show that Charlie Crist, who raised as much as $500,000 the past two weeks, has about $977,000 left in the bank for the general election. Crist's total fundraising haul for this election is now just under $14 million. Jim Davis, who raised $156,550 this last period for a total of $4.4 million, has about $279,000 left to spend if he wins the primary.
Tom Gallagher, who raised $26,187 the past two weeks and $9.21 million overall, has spent all but $290,612 on his fourth bid for governor. And Rod Smith spent nearly everything. He raised $102,740 during the past two weeks, bringing his total to $3.64 million. He spent all but $27,808.