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Dana Trabulsy now holds cash edge in HD 84 over incumbent Delores Hogan Johnson

Post-primary fundraising puts the challenger in fighting shape.

Republican Dana Trabulsy has now outraised Democratic Rep. Delores Hogan Johnson in House District 84.

That’s thanks to solid post-primary fundraising period, when Trabulsy raised $16,184 between Aug. 22 and Sept. 4.

In the same time frame, Johnson raised $3,595. That puts her total donations at $54,797, compared to Trabulsy’s $60,718.

And that doesn’t count more than $8,000 in in-kind support through staff and polling courtesy the Republican Party of Florida that kicked in following Trabulsy’s defeat of primary challenger Eileen Vargas.

The bottom line is Trabulsy now holds $41,930 in cash on hand, compared to Johnson’s $32,463 in the bank.

That marks a shift from the incumbent holding an advantage just after the primary, where Johnson secured the nomination without any intraparty opposition.

Johnson, for her part, said she feels good about her first term in the House since beating Republican Mark Gotz in 2018. But after coming into office winning 51.4% of the vote in the district, it’s clear another battle lies ahead.

“I feel strongly regarding what I can do regarding service to the citizens,” she told Florida Politics.

“Not to be overly confident, but just like with the last opponent I had, I feel my care for this community is tantamount and paramount,” she said. “That’s the bottom line.”

Trabulsy has seen significant contributions roll in from business interests and political committees. That includes $1,000 from Clay Yarborough’s Floridians for Conservative Values political committee, which has donated to a number of Republicans in battleground districts.

The Police Benevolent Association and its political committee each donated $1,000 to the Republican.

The beverage industry also weighed in heavily. Both the Florida Beer Wholesalers Political Committee and Florida Beer Wholesalers Good Government Committee donated maximum amounts, as did Southern Eagle Distributing.

Johnson, meanwhile, pulled in $1,000 from Ruth’s List Florida, which backed Johnson two years ago as well. She also received $1,000 donation from Sarasota-based insurance giant FCCI.

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Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at jacobogles@hotmail.com.

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