Mario Díaz-Balart raises just $166K in 3Q for lowest fundraising quarter this year
Mario Diaz-Balart is touting some substantial transportation grants for South Florida.

Díaz-Balart is not yet facing a challenge for his seat.

U.S. Rep. Mario Díaz-Balart had his worst fundraising quarter of 2019, raising just over $166,000 according to his latest report filed with the Federal Election Commission.

While that number is low in comparison with some of his regional colleagues, Díaz-Balart is not yet facing a challenge for his seat, which could negate the need to put his foot on the gas when it comes to fundraising.

The third quarter numbers for Díaz-Balart trail his numbers from the previous two quarters.

The Republican incumbent in Florida’s 25th Congressional District raised more than $256,000 in the first quarter of 2019. He followed that up by bringing in more than $320,000 in the second quarter.

But that 2Q number was nearly cut in half, with just $166,000 collected in the third quarter.

For perspective, Democratic U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell of Florida’s 26th Congressional District says her campaign raised more than $500,000 in the third quarter.

And further north, U.S. Rep. Brian Mast of Florida’s 18th Congressional District topped $600,000 for the quarter.

One difference? Both of those incumbents are facing challengers in 2020.

Another distinction is that both Mucarsel-Powell and Mast won by single digits in 2018. Díaz-Balart, meanwhile, defeated Democratic candidate Mary Barzee Flores by more than 20 percentage points, winning 61 percent to 39 percent.

So do Díaz-Balart’s lackluster numbers mean he’s in trouble? Or is he just confident he’ll be able to turn on the jets should a challenger come forward and once again defend his seat?

The fact that no Democrats have yet stepped up to run against Díaz-Balart is an indication of what they think. We’ll see whether a sluggish third quarter prompts Democrats to change their tune.

Ryan Nicol

Ryan Nicol covers news out of South Florida for Florida Politics. Ryan is a native Floridian who attended undergrad at Nova Southeastern University before moving on to law school at Florida State. After graduating with a law degree he moved into the news industry, working in TV News as a writer and producer, along with some freelance writing work. If you'd like to contact him, send an email to [email protected]


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