Dana Young expands cash lead over Janet Cruz

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New fundraising reports show Tampa Republican Sen. Dana Young continued to pile on to her fundraising lead over House Minority Janet Cruz during the last week of June and the first week of July.

Young’s campaign said it brought in $22,900 in hard money between June 23 and July 6 but did not say how much it had on hand at the end of the reporting period.

Finance reports for her political committee, Friends of Dana Young, show another $79,000 raised during the same stretch for a total haul of $101,900. The committee had $1.05 million in the bank on July 6.

Cruz, meanwhile, added $11,145 in hard money and tacked on another $5,000 for her political committee, Building The Bay PC. She has now raised more than $433,000 since entering the race in mid-April. She had $400,472 on hand between the two accounts at the end of the reporting period.

The Cruz campaign also Friday that her campaign bid had picked up an endorsement from EMILY’s List, the progressive organization that supports women candidates for office. Cruz was one of a dozen candidates included in a bulk approval from the group.

Cruz and Young are the only candidates vying for Senate District 18, which covers part of western Hillsborough County.

SD 18 is the only district Florida Democrats are targeting for a flip that voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016, and a recent poll shows the two Tampanians are neck-and-neck.

Election Day is Nov. 6.

Drew Wilson

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for Florida Politics. He is a former editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and business correspondent at The Hollywood Reporter. Wilson, a University of Florida alumnus, covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools and The Florida Current prior to joining Florida Politics.



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