Scotty Moore contributions now exceed $102K in HD 35 race
Scotty Moore gets an electoral reprieve.

Scotty Moore
He's locked in an expensive battle for the GOP nomination.

Scotty Moore has collected more than $102,000 as he runs in House District 35.

The former congressional candidate reported $25,235 in the third quarter. That’s on top of $77,105 raised immediately after he filed in June. The Orlando Republican faces Osceola School Board member Erika Booth and real estate agent Ken Davenport in a Nov. 7 GOP Primary.

Moore has reported 154 contributions over the course of the campaign, including 90 for the maximum $1,000 limit.

“We are very proud of the work and effort we are putting forward and the local grassroots support we have in our campaign,” Moore told Florida Politics. “We are fighting against the swamp in Tallahassee. We are grinding daily. Can’t stop. Won’t stop. Lobbyists in Tallahassee supporting Erika or Florida Family Action supporting Scotty? That’s the choice.”

Going up against the Florida House Republican Campaign Committee, which is backing Booth, Moore has spent substantially as well. He has reported $75,450 in expenditures.

While he doesn’t have Tallahassee Republicans’ support, he boasts a certain amount of name recognition. He was the Republican nominee in the region who challenged U.S. Rep. Darren Soto, a Kissimmee Democrat, in November. While Soto ultimately won re-election, it was by a closer margin than any Democratic incumbent in the state enjoyed. Moore, meanwhile, raised his profile in the district substantially.

He’s now running to succeed state Rep. Fred Hawkins, a St. Cloud Republican who resigned his seat to become President of South Florida State College.

Moore had initially filed to challenge Soto again, but closed his federal account after filing for the legislative seat. He has associated himself with Gov. Ron DeSantis’ policy agenda.

“We must protect and continue to enhance the conservative policies being put forward by the State Legislature and Governor Ron DeSantis’ bold leadership,” he said when he filed. “I believe it is essential we: Keep. Florida. Free.”

While Hawkins in November won re-election in a newly redrawn district by 10 percentage points, the Special Election to replace him holds promise as one of the most competitive in the state.

Voters in the district in 2020 favored Democrat Joe Biden over Republican Donald Trump for President, even as the state went red.

The winner of the November Primary will advance to a Jan. 16 Special Election.

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].

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