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Buchanan tops the $1 million mark

Sarasota Republican Vern Buchanan has topped the $1 million mark in his bid for a third term, far outpacing his challengers, according to campaign finance disclosure reports.

Buchanan -- one of the  raised more than $166,000 in July, August and September to push his campaign fund-raising total to nearly $1.07 million, his campaign said in a filing with the Federal Election Commission. The campaign had $731,823 in cash on hand as of Sept. 30. James T. Golden, a Bradenton city councilman seeking the Democratic nomination, raised $15,340 during the quarter. His campaign has raised slightly more than $42,000 so far.