Charlie Crist raises another $1M in May
Charlie Crist seeks more solar energy for the Sunshine State.

He's now raised more than $10 million for the statewide race.

Democrat Charlie Crist raised more than $1 million for the third consecutive month in his bid for Florida Governor.

The strong performance means the Congressman has now raised more than $10 million since launching his campaign for Governor just over a year ago. He closed the month of May with more than $6.3 million in cash on hand, his campaign announced.

“As our campaign continues in our mission to deliver a Florida for All, I could not be more thankful for the outpouring of support we’ve received from every corner of the Sunshine State,” Crist said.

“Now more than ever, Floridians are ready to put an end to the division and hurt Gov. (Ron) DeSantis has brought to our communities. We are building a hopeful and optimistic movement that will work tirelessly to bring Florida together and win this election for the people in November.”

The fundraising announcement comes as the Democratic Primary field for Governor shrinks to two major candidates. Annette Taddeo, a state Senator from Miami, announced on Monday she’s leaving the gubernatorial race and instead seeking to challenge U.S. Rep. María Elvira Salazar for her seat in Congress.

That leaves the Democratic contest for Governor a battle between Crist and Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, now the only significant female candidate in the race.

Beyond fundraising, Crist has also just come off a strong string of endorsements. State Rep. Anna Eskamani, an Orlando Democrat with a strong following among progressives, just backed Crist, as did the state’s largest teachers’ union and the Sierra Club.

Crist, a former Republican Governor, has enjoyed a fundraising advantage in the Primary since his entry into the race. But Democrats have not been able to keep up with DeSantis’ fundraising as his national profile has grown. The incumbent Republican Governor raised more than $10 million in April alone.

A statewide Primary will take place Aug. 23, with the winner then devoting themselves fully to the November contest with DeSantis.

Jacob Ogles

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 [email protected].


  • Tom

    June 7, 2022 at 11:36 am

    He’s only $120 million behind America’s Gov
    Chameleon has no chance, fraud has less.

  • Brandon

    June 7, 2022 at 12:40 pm

    Wow! Aren’t we all excited about this. The smart money says good Ole Charlie may break 40% in November.

  • Based Desantis Supporter

    June 8, 2022 at 5:00 pm

    Lmao that’s cute. How many millions does desantis and his PACs have? Is at at $100 million yet? I almost feel bad for the Florida democratic parties. But then I remember they are j.o.s that deserve no sympathy, and I go about my day

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