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Val Demings beginning to draw business money in CD 10 race

If there is an indication that a candidate’s victory is seen by some as all but in hand, it’s when money normally sent to an opposing party’s candidate starts arriving, and Democratic congressional nominee Val Demings may have reached that point.

Demings, the former Orlando police chief running in the now-solidly blue Florida’s 10th Congressional District, has drawn big checks in the past few days from national political action committees representing bankers, telecommunications companies, insurance companies, and other interests who might normally expect to find surer allies to support among Republican candidates.

Demings faces Republican nominee Thuy Lowe, a retired businesswoman from Sorrento, in CD 10, which covers west Orange County.

According to three 48-hour campaign finance reports Demings has filed since last Thursday, she’s received four-figure donations from the American Bankers Association PAC, AT&T, the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies PAC, the National Cable and Telecommunications PAC, Publix Super Markets Associates Inc. PAC, the UPS PAC, and the PAC of the Credit Union National Association.

She’s also drawn some big checks from traditional Democratic boosters such as the Service Employees International Union, SHORE PAC, and JOE PAC. Combined, Demings’ campaign raised $46,600 in the past few days, compared with the $25,700 Lowe had raised in her entire campaign through Sept. 30. Lowe has not filed any 48-hour notices.

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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 Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused.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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