Rep. Greg Steube enjoys a sizable fundraising lead over Democratic challenger Allen Ellison.
The Sarasota Republican raised $83,826 in the first quarter of 2020, bringing his total raised to $402,283 as he runs for reelection to a second term.
Steube had $228,760 on hand as of the end of March.
Steube’s Getting Republicans Elected for Generations PAC, or GREG PAC collected $14,284 in new donations for the quarter. The PAC reports $14,800 in cash on hand.
Meanwhile, Sebring Democrat Allen Ellison, Steube’s primary Democratic opponent, reported $16,988 in new contributions. He’s pulled in just $17,438 with just $8,082 on hand.
Steube won his first term in office against Ellison with more than one 62% of the vote in Florida’s 17th Congressional District. However Ellison’s name didn’t appear on the ballot in that race.
Ellison has the support from the No Dem Left Behind Coalition, which is dedicated to lifting rural Democrats in hard-to-win districts.
Steube, meanwhile, has elevated his profile substantially in his first term in Congress. The former state Senator sits of the House Judiciary Committee and earned national attention amid the impeachment trial.
He was among a select group of freshman to give a speech on the House floor slamming the impeachment inquiry in December.
He’s more recently worked to place blame on a shortage in funding for Small Business Administration loans on the Democratic House majority.