Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Smashes Fundraising Record

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) smashed a gubernatorial fundraising record.

Highly popular Republican Governor Ron DeSantis is running against Democrat Charlie Crist in Florida’s gubernatorial race.

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DeSantis raised a record $177.4 million through September 9, OpenSecrets reported.

OpenSecrets reported:

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ (R) political operation reported raising $177.4 million through Sept. 9, breaking the gubernatorial fundraising record without adjusting for inflation, a new OpenSecrets analysis of state campaign finance filings found. His reelection campaign has raised over $31.4 million since January 2021, and Friends of Ron DeSantis, his state-level PAC that is not subject to contribution limits, raked in $146 million since January 2019.

The road to the record

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DeSantis already set a new record for gubernatorial fundraising without candidate self-financing, and his new fundraising record surpasses two candidates that contributed tens of millions of dollars to their gubernatorial campaigns.

The previous record-holder was Meg Whitman, who ran unsuccessfully for California governor in 2010. The former eBay, Hewlett Packard and Quibi CEO raised $178.6 million — more than any other gubernatorial candidate since 1990, without adjusting for inflation.

DeSantis, whose net worth is just $319,000, has not reported personal contributions to his campaign or state-level PAC. But the governor has received donations from several GOP megadonors.

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DeSantis’ reelection campaign has been backed by at least 42 billionaires and members of billionaire families, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s Zac Anderson reported. The billionaires come from 15 states and only 17 of them gave to DeSantis in 2018.

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According to a new left-leaning AARP poll, voters prefer DeSantis: Ron DeSantis 50% and Charlie Crist 47%.

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“Notably, the Republican Governor holds a stronger position with voters over 50, who prefer DeSantis by a 52% to 47% margin.” Florida Politics reported.

“Florida voters 50 and older are a critical voting demographic that all candidates are competing for in this midterm election,” said Jeff Johnson, state director for AARP Florida.

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