Charlie Crist raises over $3M in days since Primary Election

He’ll need to keep up the momentum to compete with incumbent Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist raised more than $3 million in just over a week since the Democratic Primary, his campaign announced.

The fundraising breaks his previous campaign record. The Democratic nominee’s nine-day haul comes from over 24,000 supporters, with over 95% support from small dollar donors who gave $250 or less, according to his campaign.

“I’m deeply grateful for the outpouring of love and support our campaign has received as we work to unite Florida and defeat Ron DeSantis in November,” Crist said in a statement. “Floridians deserve a governor who cares for them and their house, not the White House and big-dollar special interests. Our campaign is powered by the people, for the people. Come November, we’ll make Ron DeSantis a one-term governor and restore respect and decency to the Sunshine State.”

The most recent fundraising news shows Crist picked up momentum in August. In the first 11 days of of the month, Crist raised $1 million for his campaign. That’s on the heels of raising $2.3 million in July.

But, he’ll need to keep up the momentum to compete with incumbent Gov. Ron DeSantis.

DeSantis, who faced no Primary challengers, holds more than $10 million in the bank for his candidate account and controls another nearly $120 million with a committee.

The Governor spent substantially leading into the August Primary despite not having his name on the ballot, plunking down more than $8 million in the month of August as he campaigned for endorsed School Board candidates. He slowed down expenses in the final week before the Primary, but only after sending a variety of mailers in counties around Florida.

Crist also spent big before the Aug. 23 Primary, in which he defeated fellow Democrat Nikki Fried by 25 points.

A Democratic Governors Association-commissioned poll by Impact Research showed DeSantis up by 5 percentage points. Liberal groups Progress Florida and Florida Watch published polling modeled on a Republican-leaning Midterm electorate and found DeSantis leading with 48% to Crist’s 45%. That closely matches findings for a generic ballot test showing 48% of voters feel inclined to vote Republican in the Midterms and 45% intend to vote Democratic. That puts the race within the poll’s 1.78% margin of error.

In the last week, Crist has made several headlines, first for announcing his running mate, United Teachers of Dade President Karla Hernández, and also for his resignation from Congress to focus on the Governor’s race.

Crist has represented Florida’s 13th Congressional District since winning the seat in the 2016 election. Crist was elected Governor as a Republican in 2006 but left the party and did not seek re-election in 2010, opting instead for a bid for the U.S. Senate.

Kelly Hayes

Kelly Hayes studied journalism and political science at the University of Florida. Kelly was born and raised in Tampa Bay. A recent graduate, she enjoys government and legal reporting. She has experience covering the Florida Legislature as well as local government, and is a proud Alligator alum. You can reach Kelly at [email protected].


  • Charlie Crist

    September 3, 2022 at 11:22 am

    Vote for me. I will jail Trump supporters in Florida…make Florida 100% blue state. There will be euthanasia!!!!

    • Hope

      September 3, 2022 at 11:41 am

      This article has omitted that Charlie Crist lost his election for US Senate.

      • Charlie Crist

        September 3, 2022 at 12:21 pm

        It matters not when I’ve won and lost in the past. What matters is today. Just look at my picture in the article. That’s the kind of clean cut, sparkling image we want representing Florida…not an overweight, right wing mad man. Not some wanna be tough guy.

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    • Kyle Prescott

      September 3, 2022 at 6:29 pm

      Who can argue with that?

  • Impeach Biden

    September 3, 2022 at 12:42 pm

    Rich Democrats with money to lose. Rich people that Corsin, Offen, and Crist hate.

    • Elliott

      September 3, 2022 at 1:19 pm

      Uhhh…what??? 😂

      • Impeach Biden

        September 3, 2022 at 2:17 pm

        I guess you don’t realize what you write. You are always in this board complaining about those rich Republicans, yet you get amnesia when it is pointed out there are wealthy people on your side. In this case they obviously have money to puss away since the Tsunami is coming. 🤣

        • People want Change in Florida

          September 3, 2022 at 2:30 pm

          Read much? As it says above, 95% of that haul is from small money donors. Real people who are ready for Change. Kind of lazy of them not to list what percent that is for DumSantis, but it’s not even in the same ballpark.

          • Elliott Offen

            September 5, 2022 at 9:32 pm

            @Tom: You don’t know your balls from your azzhole buddy.🍩 Probably over there smoking crack and ice cocaine… ripped on pills and booze. Gone on stupid Republican propaganda (aka Rich propaganda) are you rich yet 😆

        • Elliott Offen

          September 3, 2022 at 3:28 pm

          @Impeach: Doesn’t matter how wealthy individual politicians are. You missed the point. Point is that the GOP votes for tax cuts for the super rich and even just plain rich. That money just gets horded so everyone else looses. At least the Dems try to do something for the average Joe. The GOP doesn’t. The way they vote always benefits the rich and rich only.

          • Tom

            September 3, 2022 at 4:59 pm

            That’s total Dem Dum garbage.
            If you know anything the tax cuts for 2017, increased take home pay for middle class, blue collar and working class more than all. They benefited most.

            It’s just a lie, under any reasonable metric working people were very well
            Off compared to the last 2 years.
            2017, 18, 19 and winter of 20 prove that. Under every category it’s been clear.

            You and corsin presch old time class warfare.

          • Joe Corsin

            September 3, 2022 at 5:19 pm

            @Tom: Money doesn’t trickle down…and in the long run that stupid tax bill does nothing for anyone but the rich. You need to study taxes in the 1950’s to really understand what helps the middle class and what doesn’t. The high income earners only hoard the extra money or piss it away in the stock market. You are drunk on rich man’s propaganda, right wing propaganda, and don’t have a clue what in the hell you are talking about at all. This country is toast because stupid people like you..

          • Tom

            September 3, 2022 at 7:18 pm

            You lie idiot Elliot.
            You and corsin are fake propagandists.

            When wealthy get tax cut they reinvest in economy and other market forces, investments.

            As for your lies, the 2017 cuts brought more economic take home pay for middle class and below!

            IRS and Treasury validated it.
            It’s a fact.

          • Tom

            September 3, 2022 at 8:44 pm

            You are a communist, idiot Elliot/corsin.

            Your reference to taxes in 50’s is clear! The highest tax rate In 50’s was 91%, it went down to 22%.
            Your comment that wealthy hoard is wrong but regardless, earned wealth is not for you or govt to decide.

            JFK and Reagan cut taxes, along with Trump.

            You are fundamentally wrong and flawed. Just a communist.

  • Tom

    September 3, 2022 at 2:54 pm

    What a crock of Adam Schiff from alias crisp, corsin,idiot Elliot and some other camouflage.
    Crisp made no haul. FP is a lackey for chameleon. Peter Schorsch wife worked for crisp. $3 million is nothing. DeSantis has raised $10 million more this week.
    Chameleon has no chance, period.
    For FP to gloss over Matz is a joke. She’s a disaster. Weingartens deputy at nea. Hid a Sexual abuser. Atrocious

    • Joe Corsin

      September 3, 2022 at 3:30 pm

      ^ Just a silly bunch of gibberish from this clown yet again. Perfected the art of saying something with really saying a damn thing.

      • Tom

        September 3, 2022 at 4:49 pm

        Sexual abuse, crisp selected a cover up for a pedophile. Pathetic.
        Crisp signed letter, and demanded closings, and Matz wanted schools closed too. Pathetic.

      • Tom

        September 3, 2022 at 4:53 pm

        Crisp and you corsin support Matz, she’ supported a sexual predator.
        Pathetic. She supported crisp in wanting schools closed.
        US students scores dropped significant cause of Weingarten, Crisp, Matz, Fauci, and Biden.
        Pathetic. Jail time!

        • Elliott Offen

          September 3, 2022 at 5:20 pm

          Shut up you idiot…

          • Tom

            September 3, 2022 at 7:13 pm

            LMAO, you can’t stand up to me!
            Sexual abuser Matz! Just like you.

          • Tom

            September 3, 2022 at 9:21 pm

            Idiot Elliot, kicking yours and corsin ass. Wah

            America’s Gov has the letter from Charlie chameleon and Florida Dem congressional delegation demanding schools be closed! Hernandez Matz drove Hearst’s down the streets scaring kids to stay out of schools. Demanding they stay closed. She’s a NEA hack for Weingarten. Sued Gov Ron and lost.

            She protected a sexual abuser. Just a pathetic person is chameleons running mate!

            These two are atrocious!
            DeSantis/Nunez number one.

          • Tom

            September 3, 2022 at 10:57 pm

            Kicked yours and corsins ass all day!
            On all topics, every page!

          • Elliott Offen

            September 5, 2022 at 9:35 pm

            You a GD idiot buddy. Over there smoking meth and crack cocaine. Ripped on rich propaganda AkA GOP propaganda. Are you rich yet? Send them some more money and keep working for piss poor wages 😂

  • Keith

    September 6, 2022 at 2:28 pm

    I donated to Crist.
    My dad was a combat vet in WW2, I sure as he** won’t support fascists running for elected office in my state. DeathSantis needs to go.

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