Mack has $1 million campaign chest for Senate race, lagging Nelson’s $8.5 million

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Connie Mack’s Senate campaign announced Thursday it raised $758,395 in his first few months of fundraising and has nearly $1 million on hand.

That exceeded the campaign’s $500,000 fourth-quarter goal and puts the District 14 congressman in line with another top Republican competitor, who had around $1 million at the end of the third quarter. It also gives him a boost against incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson’s behemoth war chest.

“It is even clearer than it was just a week ago that Connie is the most well-positioned candidate to win the Republican nomination and to beat liberal Sen. Bill Nelson in November,” the campaign, Friends of Connie Mack, said today in an email to supporters.

But soon after that announcement, Nelson’s campaign released even better, soaring figures. Nelson has $8.5 million in the bank and raised $1.4 million in the fourth quarter, the campaign said.

The deadline for reporting fundraising figures to the Federal Election Commission is Jan. 31, but the campaigns were eager to display their brawn soon after a Quinnipiac University poll showed Nelson and Mack were practically tied.

“The figures reflect strong support for Sen. Nelson,” Christian Robinson, a campaign spokesman, said in a statement. “Meantime, the senator remains focused on doing his job for Florida.”

He said Nelson’s figures for the third quarter, which ended Sept. 30, showed he had more money in the bank than any other Democratic senator up for reelection.

Mack’s campaign, which officially began Nov. 28 (and unofficially about a month before that), has $917,926 cash on hand.

The Quinnipiac poll, released Wednesday, found that Mack was blowing away the other Republicans seeking the party’s nomination in the Aug. 14 primary. Among registered GOP voters, 39 percent support Mack while the nearest competitors, former Sen. George LeMieux and Col. Mike McCalister, lagged at 6 percent each, according to the poll.

Neither former state Rep. Adam Hasner nor former Ruth’s Chris CEO Craig Miller, who are also in the Republican race, topped 2 percent in the poll. Another 42 percent are undecided.

A LeMieux campaign spokeswoman said they had not yet tallied fourth quarter fundraising totals, but raised just over $1 million in the third quarter.

McCalister’s campaign could not be reached Thursday. It reported about $75,945 cash on hand in September.

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wardpo writes:

Bill Nelson is a good man and has proven it. A veteran and a statesman, and has always had his office open to the public. There is no way I vote for an absentee congressman (Mack) or any other piece of drivel that the Rethugs put up.

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