‘Florida voters are doubling down’: Debbie Mucarsel-Powell raises nearly $5M in Q2

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The Democratic candidate thinks donors are 'doubling down' on her campaign ahead of November.

A potential November opponent for U.S. Sen. Rick Scott is trumpeting her fundraising numbers.

Former U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell announced raising $4.8 million in the second quarter from 123,000 donations. Her campaign describes the haul as having “an average donation of just $39, and with nearly 60% coming from first-time grassroots donors joining the fight to hold Rick Scott accountable for voting against protections for IVF and contraception while backing Florida’s abortion ban with no real exceptions for rape or incest.”

“While Rick Scott pushes his extreme agenda of banning abortion with no real exceptions for rape, incest, or the life of the mother and stealing seniors’ hard-earned benefits, Florida voters are doubling down on replacing him with Debbie Mucarsel-Powell,” said Riya Vashi, campaign spokeswoman for Debbie for Florida.

“This quarter’s unprecedented show of momentum is proof that Floridians are all-in on the fight to protect their fundamental freedoms and to finally send a leader like Debbie to the Senate who will fight to lower costs for working families.”

Mucarsel-Powell still has a Primary to clear before we know whether Democrats are “doubling down” on her campaign, of course, with Stanley Campbell being the only other candidate that’s gotten any traction. But the press release suggests her campaign sees their second-quarter haul as a sign of momentum.

We still await Q2 numbers from the incumbent Senator, meanwhile.

Scott closed the first quarter with more than $3.78 million in cash on hand, a relatively modest number not reflective of his campaign’s ultimate spending capacity. Of that money, the campaign raised more than $1.1 million since the beginning of the year, spending just over $1.56 million. Other authorized committees poured in close to $1.07 million.

Of course, the formal fundraising report tells only part of the story. He raised a total of $2.5 million between his campaign and three other committees in Q1, along with $140,000 for the National Republican Senatorial Committee. A PAC backing Scott also raised $1.4 million.

Meanwhile, Scott also has the ability to self-fund, in contrast to Mucarsel-Powell, who brags she has “not a dime of self-funding.”

As Roll Call noted in 2018, Scott put $63.6 million into his successful race against former Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson. He poured more than $75 million into his 2010 race for Governor, where he ran as an outsider candidate who toppled a Republican backed by many establishment elements of the party.

Polling of a potential race between Mucarsel-Powell and Scott has been all over the place.

In a survey released by Florida Atlantic University, she’s just 2 points back among likely voters, 45% to 43%.

That June poll presented a marked contrast to a previous poll by the same outfit that showed a 16-point race, and with a Florida Chamber of Commerce poll that showed a 15-point gap earlier this Summer.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been the Northeast Florida correspondent for Florida Politics since 2014. He writes for the New York Post and National Review also, with previous work in the American Conservative and Washington Times and a 15+ year run as a columnist in Folio Weekly. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


13 comments

  • Impeach Biden

    July 10, 2024 at 9:36 am

    Debbie with her single issue, abortion. It’s not going to work and you will get rolled come November.

    • Confederacy of Dunces

      July 10, 2024 at 5:12 pm

      How much more proof do Americans need to see that democrats don’t know how to govern? They know how to screech, complain, spend your money then make you pay for it many more times, they know how to lie and steal, they know how to divide to conquer and spew hate in the name of tolerance, deciding who is to be the beneficiary of their “protections” (hint: it ain’t you, no matter who you are, because it’s a PLOY). So tired of it. You can’t govern on a single issue. If republican’ts would get off the abortion and culture crazy train and get down to business of acting like sane boring SAFE small government fiscal conservatives, and stop with the nonsense, it would be a no brainer who are the adults in the room (where are they?). The fact this possibly not-ready-for-prime-time candidate has cred is proof people are tired of government encroachment and stealing from both parties. Yes, both. The fact we have to choose between crooked Scooter Rich and this seemingly very nice lady who in no way convinces me she can carry the water/bacon for Florida (RS very good at lining his own pockets, we know) is so exhausting. But seriously the single issue thing is dead. People need more. The whole vote for me because I’m nice thing is getting tedious, the world is very dangerous, and it’s very late. Show us some teeth, if not some brains.

      • Ocean Joe

        July 11, 2024 at 11:28 am

        Your electoral coalition depends upon the “crazy culture train.”
        Florida will happily reelect the medicare bandit. You will get your tax cut if you are wealthy, and the debt and deficit will explode again.

        Would not be surprised to see Debbie lose the primary to Stanley Campbell, a Black challenger, who will also lose in the general election.

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  • MH/Duuuval

    July 10, 2024 at 12:37 pm

    Debs will get the majority of female voters and many male voters — perhaps enough to defeat Trick Scott who has barely squeaked by in every election despite spending millions of his ill-gotten fortune.

  • Laura D Parsons

    July 10, 2024 at 4:37 pm

    She couldn’t win as a Congress Rep what makes he think she can win a Senator seat. She is a lib in sheep’s clothing.

    • Ocean Joe

      July 11, 2024 at 11:36 am

      It amazes me that the millions of Republicans in Florida always do as they’re told and vote for a guy like Ricky. All the preachy stuff about morality and the Bible and then you go find the worst examples of human excess (Ricky and Donald) to worship.

      • JD

        July 11, 2024 at 11:43 am

        But they will drip with hypocracy about someone being liberal. I ask, what is wrong with being liberal or conservative? Nothing. But liberal is being sold as a poison and their too stupid to know it’s what created their way of life, but it needs the balance of some fiscal responsibility (not that the Republicans in power are fiscally responsible).

        But what is the point? These dumb motherf@ckers would rather boil and wash away. It’s a waste of breath talking to them.

        • JD

          July 11, 2024 at 11:43 am

          *they’re too stupid

  • Cheesy Floridian

    July 11, 2024 at 11:54 am

    We need a change from Rick Scott.

    • MH/Duuuval

      July 11, 2024 at 12:53 pm

      Vote early, vote often!

  • MH/Duuuval

    July 11, 2024 at 6:02 pm

    Republican presidents from Reagan to W paid lip service to evangelicals, but Trump gave them the Supreme Court. The result is much like Greek myth about letting loose the furies — and not being able to put them back. What is going on in the red states now in terms of a woman’s right to choose it straight out of the medieval, Taliban playbook.

  • Craig V Mitchell

    July 15, 2024 at 5:41 pm

    Scott needs to go. He’s bought enough elections already.

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