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Joe Garcia raises $700k, touts online donors

Joe Garcia's campaign says it raised more than $700,000 between April 1 and June 31 -- the first quarter the Democrat has been taking money to run for the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, a Republican.

About $230,000 came from online contributions, and more than 90 percent of donors did not contribute the maximum allowed, so the campaign can continue to tap them for more money.

"I am humbled by the enthusiasm for our grassroots campaign to create jobs and get South Florida moving again," Garcia said in a statement.

The $700,000 almost certainly still puts Garcia, the Democratic front runner, behind the leading Republican, state Rep. David Rivera, who started fundraising earlier. He had already raked in $702,660 by March 31 (including $2,104 of his own money Rivera had put into the campaign).

Leslie Veiga, a spokeswoman for Rivera, said the campaign will release its latest totals by July 15, when they are due.

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