October was a good month for incumbent House District 19 Rep. Bobby Payne.
His primary opponent withdrew, a Libertarian opponent’s questionable past surfaced, and he almost doubled his cash on hand.
Payne raised $25,300 total; all told, he has raised $55,346 this cycle, and has almost $52,000 cash on hand.
Payne’s contributions mostly come from donors within his district; however, Comcast ponied up, as did TECO, UPSPAC, Florida Farm PAC, and the Florida Police Benevolent Association.
Payne beat two better-known candidates for the Republican nomination in 2016, and what’s clear is that no smart Republican would challenge him now that he has the prerogatives of incumbency.