Republican nominee Anna Paulina Luna is leading in last minute contributions against incumbent Democrat Charlie Crist as the two enter the final stretch for Florida’s 13th Congressional District.
The 48-hour reports cover contributions in excess of $1,000 and are due to the Federal Elections Commission within 48-hours of receipt.
Luna has reported raking in about $70,000 since Oct. 15. Crist, not far behind, has accumulated about $51,000.
Because these reports only require disclosure of donations more than $1,000, a fair number of the donations listed are from political committees.
Luna’s contributions include $5,000 from the Huck PAC, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s political committee, as well as two $1,000 donations from Amalie Oil owners Carmen and Harry Barkett. Luna also received $2,500 donations from Maverick PAC U.S.A. and Great America PAC.
Crist’s saw $5,00o donations from the CherPAC and the Machinists Non-Partisan Political League, as well as a $3,000 donation from Blue Origin PAC. The incumbent also reported a $2,000 donation from Rolls-Royce North America Holdings and the International Association of Firefighters.
Despite Luna’s boost from the 48-hour reports, Crist still leads the race in the polls.
The survey, taken Wednesday among 1,280 likely voters in CD 13, shows Crist with 55% of the vote to Luna’s 39%.
That’s a one-point improvement from a previous poll in late August that found the Democratic incumbent leading by 16 points. Only 7% of voters indicated they were undecided or chose not to say who they supported.
Christ defeated 2018 Republican nominee George Buck by a 16 point margin.
Crist’s massive advantage is buoyed by a sizable lead among independent voters, 58% to 34%, and through cross-over voter appeal with Republicans. More than 21% of registered Republicans polled said they would vote for the Democrat while just 11% of Democrats planed to vote for Luna.
Crist’s lead is particularly remarkable in a district where Democrats hold just a 5 point voter registration advantage. Of the district’s 524,400 voters, 199,240 are Democrats and 174,876 are Republicans.