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Ted Yoho holds 3-1 cash edge over primary challenger in CD 3 re-election bid

U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, representing Florida’s 3rd Congressional District that runs from Orange Park to Gainesville and Ocala, has amassed a strong cash on hand lead against primary challenger Judson Sapp.

Yoho, a Republican seeking his fourth term, has $431,093 on hand, compared to $133,012 for Sapp.

In Q2, which ended at the end of June, Yoho raised $142,823, spending $67,282 in the same period. Almost $72,000 of the Yoho haul was from individual contributions.

Sapp actually took in more campaign money than Yoho in Q2, bringing in $172,525 in his second quarter in the race, spending $63,428.

Of that money, $165,000 (of a total $190,000) was self-financed. The most interesting external donor was the surprisingly still active Friends of Cliff Stearns, the political committee of the former Congressman defeated in 2012 by Yoho in a primary.

Stearns’ political committee has been kept live, even though his political career has not.

Investment income continued to flow into the committee through June, and political contributions, such as those to Sapp, flowed out. Stearns also gave to a New Jersey Congressional candidate and the National Republican Senate Committee.

The winner of this primary will face a lightly-funded Democrat in the general.

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A.G. Gancarski has been a working journalist for over two decades, with bylines in national and local publications alike on subjects ranging from pop music to national and global politics. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014, and has held a column in Jacksonville, Florida's Folio Weekly for two decades. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." Gancarski is a frequent presence on Jacksonville television and radio, including fill-in slots on WJCT-FM's award-winning talk show "First Coast Connect." He can be reached at a.g.gancarski@gmail.com.

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