Democratic Rep. Javier Fernández narrowly topped Republican Rep. Ana Maria Rodriguez in the latest fundraising reports as both candidates seek a transition to the Senate.
The two freshman House members are both competing for the open Senate District 39 seat.
Fernández pulled in around $23,800 in the most recent fundraising period, covering July 18-24. Rodriguez netted more than $22,600 between her campaign and her political committee, Ethics and Honesty in Government.
The Fernández campaign collected more than $11,000 while his PC, Florida Future, added another $12,500.
Neither candidate spent big during the period. Rodriguez is unopposed on the Republican side. Fernández is competing against Daniel Horton-Diaz, a former District Chief of Staff for U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, for the Democratic nomination.
Senate Democrats have fully backed Fernández, however, giving him a leg up in the Aug. 18 primary.
Fernández showed just over $14,000 in expenditures during the period, most of which went toward yard signs and digital advertising. That’s a drop in the bucket in his overall money pot, as he retains more than $348,000.
Rodriguez spent less than $7,000 during the same span. She will hold onto her large cash advantage, as her war chest holds more than $506,000.
Horton-Diaz collected less than $70 in the most recent fundraising reports. He’s raised just over $17,000 total since entering the race in March and has less than $4,000 remaining to pursue his upset bid.
Celso Alfonso, a non-party affiliated candidate, has still yet to raise any outside contributions. Alfonso has contributed $2,000 in self-loans and retains less than $800.
SD 39 covers all of Monroe County and part of southern Miami-Dade County. Candidates and political committees faced a Friday, July 31 deadline to report all financial activity through July 24.