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Will he or won't he? Ted Yoho is still fundraising despite a term limit pledge.


Pledge, schmedge: Despite four-term vow, Ted Yoho keeps fundraising

What a difference a few years in Congress can make. 

Last November, U.S. Congressman Ted Yoho won re-election to a fourth term representing Florida’s 3rd Congressional District.

In October, Yoho vowed there wouldn’t be a fifth term; he agreed to a four-term limit when first running in 2010, telling reporters we could “bank” on him not reneging.

What a difference a few years in Congress makes.

Despite his pledge, Yoho is fundraising, a move seemingly inconsistent with his promise not to pursue a fifth term.

Yoho raised $10,508 between Jan. 1 and Mar. 31, giving him $13,528 raised for the whole election cycle.


The House Freedom Fund was the largest donor, with a $5,000 check.

The Freedom Caucus Republican, ensconced in a safe district, has $240,276 on hand.

Yoho raised nearly $930,000 in the 2018 cycle. His Democratic opponent came nowhere close to that number.

The party split of the North-Central Florida district, which includes portions of Alachua, Bradford, Clay, Marion, Putnam, and Union counties, is favorable for the incumbent. CD 3 has 200,504 Republicans, compared to 175,561 Democrats; NPAs and third parties comprise the rest of the district’s 487,002 voters.

Yoho’s rhetoric on the stump tended to demonize Gainesville Democrats, people he painted as being at odds with the district’s conservative leanings.

In 2018, Yoho did face a primary challenge from Clay County’s Judson Sapp.

Were Yoho to renege on his term pledge, he should the issue emerge on the campaign trail.

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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 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



  1. Keven O'Neal

    April 13, 2019 at 11:28 am

    Hope he runs again don’t care what he said.

  2. Richard Klinzman

    April 14, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    He may be raising money for a run for a different office. Hopefully as a Senators challenging either of the two dipwads we have allegedly representing Florida.

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