Here’s where the money chase stands in Orlando’s legislative races

Republican and Democrat

New campaign finance reports are in and Democrats are still holding strong in two of Orlando’s three Senate seats, though Republican Realtor Dean Asher is still in a strong position in the Senate District 13 race.

Asher added another $25,000 to his campaign account and spent just $5,500, leaving him with a little over $92,000 on hand on Oct. 21. His political committee, “Allegiant Friends for Florida,” also gained $41,602 and spent about $83,000, leaving it with about $63,000 on hand.

Asher is running against former Democratic Rep. Linda Stewart in the left-leaning district. She raised about $15,000 and spent about $5,000 according to her most recent report, leaving her with about $48,000 in the bank.

In SD 11, Democratic Rep. Randolph Bracy is still running strong against write-in candidates Joseph Harris and Miranda Ratcliffe.

His most recent report shows him with about $79,000 on hand compared to $0 for both of his opponents.

Democratic Rep. Vic Torres is facing a bit more of a challenge in his SD 15 contest against Republican Peter Vivaldi.

Torres raised another $16,300 and spent $29,043 between Oct. 15 and Oct. 21, leaving him with a little under $30,000 on hand. Vivaldi raised $1,250 and spent $0 for a total of $21,200 in the bank, though Torres’ total fundraising of $263,000 is far ahead of Vivaldi’s $42,000 total thus far.

In the House, incumbent HD 47 Republican Rep. Mike Miller is still miles ahead of Democrat Beth Tuura.

Miller added another $18,050 to his campaign account during the reporting period and has about $48,000 stashed away, while Tuura didn’t manage to crack $3,000 in fundraising this period and has $32,000 on hand.

Democrats Amy Mercado in HD 48 and Carlos Guillermo Smith in HD 49 both face NPA candidates on Election Day, though both managed to add a bit more to their campaign accounts.

Mercado, the daughter of current HD 48 Rep. Torres, raised another $5,500, while Smith added a little over $8,000.

In HD 50, Republican Rep. Rene Plasencia is still far ahead in his quest to shift districts. He raised $13,500 and sits with about $89,000 in the bank while his opponent, Democrat Sean Ashby, posted $0 in contributions and has about $1,000 in his campaign account.

Things are going just as swimmingly for Republican Rep. Tom Goodson, who is leaving HD 50 to run in HD 51.

He raised $9,500 for the week and spent $11,500, leaving him with about $102,000 on hand. Democrat Mike Blake raised just $2,100 and had less than $3,000 in the bank on Oct. 21.

In HD 53, Republican House Speaker hopeful Randy Fine piled on another $37,275 in his campaign against Democrat David Kearns, who posted another $0 report. Fine now has more than $200,000 on hand compared to less than $20 for Kearns.

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