Last Call — A prime-time read of what’s going down in Florida politics.
Election Day is less than six weeks away, and that means the ad money is flowing, not just for the presidential contest at the top of the ticket, but in congressional races across the state.
On Wednesday alone, congressional candidates spent nearly $350,000 buying time on broadcast and cable stations in three media markets.
The most significant buy was in Florida’s 27th Congressional District, where Democratic U.S. Rep. Donna Shalala paid $140,000 for a flight in the Miami market. Her ads will air on about two-thirds of the market’s broadcast stations starting today and running through Sept. 29.
Candidates running for Florida’s 4th Congressional District accounted for another six figures in ad buys.
Most of the spending came from Democratic nominee Donna Deegan, who put down another $85,000 for broadcast ads running in the Jacksonville market through Election Day. Meanwhile, Republican U.S. Rep. John Rutherford expanded his weekly flight with another $22,000.
Including the new buys, Deegan has outspent Rutherford by $53,000 this cycle, though she faces an uphill battle to win the safely Republican seat.
Also, in Florida’s 7th Congressional District, Republican nominee Leo Valentin launched a new broadcast flight and backed it with $91,000. The purchase will keep him on the air in the Orlando area through Oct. 11 as he attempts to flip the Democratic-leaning seat away from U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy.
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“Rick Scott says Mike Bloomberg’s money can’t save Joe Biden in Florida” via A.G. Gancarski of Florida Politics
“Telemundo anchor rebuts misleading tweet posted by Eric Trump” via Quint Forgey of POLITICO
“Ron DeSantis denies pardon for Desmond Meade, who championed Florida’s fight for ex-felon voting” via Dara Kam of The News Service of Florida
“Florida declares school reopening an ‘overwhelming success’” via Andrew Atterbury of POLITICO Florida
“Elizabeth Fetterhoff, Patrick Henry stress bipartisan messaging in battleground HD 26” via Jacob Ogles of Florida Politics
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“After preliminarily reviewing this limited public information and law, it appears further investigation is warranted. Accordingly, I request your agencies further investigate this matter and take appropriate steps as merited.” — Attorney General Ashley Moody, greenlighting an investigation into allegations of bribery and vote-buying against billionaire Michael Bloomberg.
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