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2020

Donna Deegan raises $85,000 in first day as congressional candidate

Strongest Democrat to run in this district in a generation.

Donna Deegan, a Democrat running in Florida’s 4th Congressional District, launched her campaign Thursday.

Her first day of fundraising was robust, per a release from her campaign, with $85,000 raised.

The money all came from individual donors, with 97 percent of them being Florida residents.

Deegan says she is “truly humbled by the outpouring of support from all corners of Florida’s 4th Congressional District.”

“We’re building a campaign powered by Flordians chipping in $5, $10, $15 at a time because that’s who I will represent every day in Congress,” Deegan added.

“The overwhelming grassroots support for Donna’s campaign from folks here in Florida stands in stark contrast to the more than half a million in corporate PAC money Rep. Rutherford has taken. He stands for his corporate donors, Donna stands for us,” added campaign manager Erica Conner.

The release notes that Deegan is already outpacing previous candidates in the district, Ges Selmont and David Bruderly, who raised $73,837 and $38,128 respectively.

In the third quarter of 2019, Rutherford reported just over $70,000 raised, giving him $228,900 raised for the election cycle, and $443,376 on hand.

The vast majority of the funds raised in the quarter came from corporate political action committees, or PACs. All told, Rutherford has raised $584,999 from corporate PACs this cycle.

Rutherford, an incumbent who has never faced a serious general election challenge, comes into 2020 with a GOP advantage in his district.

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GOP voters comprise 286,013 of the district’s 577,173 registered voters, compared to 155,073 Democrats, with independents and third party registrants making up the balance.

Neither Rutherford nor Deegan appears to have serious competition in the August primary.

Democrats Monica DePaul and Chris Eagle have raised nothing.

On the Republican side, perpetual candidate Gary Koniz likewise has not raised money. Another Republican, Erick Aguilar, has $52.00 on hand.

Florida’s 4th Congressional District includes Nassau County, a gerrymandered chunk of Duval, and northern St. Johns County. It has been Republican since maps drawn after the 1990 census.

The district evolved from what was Blue Dog Democrat U.S. Rep. Charlie Bennett‘s district for decades, with Republican Reps. Tillie Fowler and Ander Crenshaw combining to serve nearly a quarter-century before Crenshaw retired in 2016.

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A.G. Gancarski has been a working journalist for over two decades. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at a.g.gancarski@gmail.com.

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