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Tim Canova gets fundraising boost from Debbie Wasserman Schultz resignation

Tim Canova, who is running in a primary against U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, raised more than $100,000 since the Wikileaks email story broke as of mid-day Monday, said Canova's campaign manager Richard Bell.

"Except for the day that Bernie (Sanders) endorsed yesterday was our best day," Bell said.

The email story led Wasserman Schultz to resign.

Wasserman Schultz has raised about $3.1 million through June. Canova's campaign has raised more than $2.5 million through Monday. A Nova Southeastern University law professor from Hollywood, Canova is Wasserman Schultz's first primary opponent in the Broward/Miami-Dade district since she first won in 2004.

Wealthy Orlando trial lawyer John Morgan said Monday he is still deciding whether to invest in a PAC in an effort to defeat Wasserman Schultz. Morgan has said for months he was considering forming a PAC but was awaiting a poll to assess Canova's chances. No polls have been released in the race and Canova's campaign manager Richard Bell said the campaign hasn't polled.

"She has been severely damaged," Morgan said in an email to the Herald. "This is like 5MM of negative press. ... I think Philly has shown the world that what I have been saying everyone was thinking.

Wasserman Schultz resigned after 19,000 party emails were published on WikiLeaks. In her first public appearance at the DNC today at the Florida delegation breakfast, she encountered protests.

Vice President Joe Biden will host a fundraiser for Wasserman Schultz at the Cruz Building in Coconut Grove Aug. 5, said Fort Lauderdale lawyer Mike Moskowitz.

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