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Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine raises $1.7 million in June, edges closer to gov's race announcement

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Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine is edging closer to an announcement about whether he'll join the Democratic field for governor in 2018.

Levine's political committee, All About Florida, announced he raised $1.7 million in June, the first active month of fundraising -- about 50 donations ranging in side form $250,000 to $5,000, according to his political consultant Christian Ulvert.

Levine, a millionaire businessman who has pumped $2.3 million of his own money into his political committee including another $300,000 in June, has now raised a total of $4 million -- outpacing the political committees of his potential Democratic rivals Gwen Graham, Chris King and Andrew Gillum. The individual campaigns have not yet reported their totals for the month of June to provide a true comparison and Levine's political committee doesn't have to report its details until July 10.  

Contributions came from Chris Korge, Len Blavatnik, Simon Falic, Paul Cejas, Alan Potamkin, Leonard Abess and Jimmy Tate, Ulvert said. 

Levine, 55, recently announced he's engaged and is awaiting his first child. Levine spent June traveling the state and this month is launching a four-day statewide bus trip to record an audio documentary to air on his weekly show on SiriusXM Insight (channel 121) in August.

So what's Levine's timeline to get into the race?

"He will make an announcement in the next 45 days,'' said Ulvert. "By Labor Day."