For the first time since he announced he was running for governor, Charlie Crist’s campaign has more cash to spend than Gov. Rick Scott.
Through Oct. 25, Crist had $3.2 million. Scott dipped to $2.9 million.
Scott has had a sizable financial edge from the start, spending $46.8 million, or 45 percent more than the $32.2 million Crist’s campaign had spent through Saturday. With polls showing the race a dead heat, any little bit could help.
Still, with the race awash in Super PAC money, Crist’s $300,000 edge is almost meaningless, especially with Scott confirming he’s dumping his own money into the race. (Just how much he’s spending might be revealed this Friday when the Republican Party of Florida releases its quarterly financial report).
In the last two weeks, from Oct. 11 to Oct. 25, Crist raised $5.6 million to Scott’s $4.8 million. He’s spent more, too, burning through $4.6 million compared to Scott’s $3.9 million.
Crist’s latest support in the last two weeks came from the progressive advocacy group, America Votes, $350,000; his former law firm, Morgan & Morgan, $250,000; the teacher’s union Florida Education Association, $250,000; the Chicago venture capitalist J.B. Pritzker, $100,000; online media guru Chris Findlater, $75,000; Sallyn Pacic, wife of Jacksonville injury lawyer Gary, $250,000; the Junction City Mining Group, a Georgia construction company; International Association of Firefighters, $100,000; the Florida Police Benevolent Association, $50,000; the Tampa law firm Wilkes & McHugh, $100,000; former NBA star Grant Hill, $60,000; Lakeland’s businessman C.C. “Doc” Dockery (and husband of former Republican State Senator Paula Dockery), $10,000; and David Rancourt, co-founder of Southern Strategy Group and a former fraternity brother of Crist’s, $10,000.