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Philip Levine raises $450K in February, adds his own $800K check

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Philip Levine‘s campaign and political committee combined to raise $450,000 and he added another $800,000 of his own, bringing his total funds raised to more than $10 million, he announced Wednesday.

Levine, the former mayor of Miami Beach, contended that he now leads his nearest competitor in the Democratic primary race by nearly a two to one ratio in the money race. That includes $4.65 million of his own money, either donated to his independent political committee All About Florida or loaned to his official campaign.

His grand total of more than $10 million “continues to dominate the rest of the Democratic primary field,” read a statement released by his senior advisor, Christian Ulvert.

Levine faces former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, Winter Park businessman Chris King, and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum in the Aug. 28 Democratic primary nomination for the governor’s race.

“As Mayor Levine aggressively visits every part of the state, he continues to see growing support because Florida Democrats are excited about his progressive vision and his commitment to fight for the values we need in our next Governor. Mayor Levine is the only candidate who has shown that he not only talks the talk; he also walks the walk,” Ulvert stated in a news release.

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