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Randolph Bracy with big late push in SD 11 Democratic primary

Democratic state Rep. Randolph Bracy ramped up his campaign spending, dropping $23,000 in the first two weeks of August in the push for a Tuesday primary win in Florida’s Senate District 11.

Bracy, of Oakland, has far more money than his three opponents and spent far more in the weeks heading toward the primary.

Yet environmental activist Chuck O’Neal of Apopka lent his campaign another $5,000 in early August and was sitting on more money Aug. 12 for a late push. And former state Sen. Gary Siplin of Orlando had the biggest fundraising push in early August, putting him into position for a big last-week spree as well.

In the most recent campaign finance reports available for the race, Bracy had raised $143,000, including $23,000 in the first two weeks of August, leaving him with $71,000 at Aug. 12. O’Neal, who has lent his campaign $67,500, raised almost nothing in early August but had $94,000 cash-on-hand by Aug. 12. Siplin’s big first two weeks of August left him with $39,000 in the bank. And former state Rep. Bob Sindler of Orlando, also a former Orange County commissioner, raised $5,700 in August and on Aug. 25 had $21,000 for any late push.

There are no Republicans running in the district, which covers west Orange County.

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Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at scott@floridapolitics.com.

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