CD 5 Republican Glo Smith had under $12K on-hand at September’s end

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If the cavalry is riding in to give Congressional District 5 Republican Glo Smith a boost before the Election Day, it needs to get moving.

Smith’s latest campaign finance report, filed Monday, reveals her campaign is short on resources, especially given the far-flung nature of CD 5, which sprawls from Jacksonville to Tallahassee.

From Aug. 11 to Sept. 30, Smith’s campaign brought in $31,325 and spent $21,231, leaving her with $11,908 on hand at the end of the period.

Smith’s expenditures, meanwhile, don’t seem to have much tangible connection to winning the race against Democrat Al Lawson.

Over $3,000 of the expenditures went to reimburse the candidate for debt incurred, with still more money from the campaign account being allocated to a road trip to the GOP National Convention in Cleveland.

Smith even expensed $2 in tolls on the West Virginia Turnpike.

Of Smith’s spend, $5,450 went to billboards promoting her candidacy.

It is uncertain if that will be enough to compete with the well-connected Lawson, who was able to afford a TV ad buy in Jacksonville ahead of the August primary, in which he defeated incumbent CD 5 Rep. Corrine Brown.

Lawson had $120,000 on hand as of his pre-primary report.

His latest finance report has yet to show up on the Federal Elections Commission site.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski



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