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Florida Gov. Ron Desantis Sets A New Monthly Fundraising Record As He Runs For Re-Election

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Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis set a new monthly fundraising record in April, as he runs for a second four-year term steering Florida.

DeSantis hauled in nearly $10.5 million in April, according to figures shared first with Fox News on Tuesday.

The total included $2.297 million raised by his reelection campaign and $8.156 million brought in by Friends of Ron DeSantis, his political committee.

That’s the governor’s best combined monthly fundraising since forming the campaign committee in November of last year. And the April total brings to more than $113 million the amount DeSantis has raised so far this election cycle.

The massive fundraising total dwarfs the leading Democratic gubernatorial challengers running to face off with the governor in November’s election.

Democratic Rep. Charlie Crist, a former Republican governor who switched parties, earlier this week announced that he brought in $1 million last month, bringing his total raised during his gubernatorial campaign to $9.2 million, which pales in comparison to DeSantis’ haul. And Crist, to date, has outraised Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and state Sen. Annette Taddeo, the two other major contenders vying for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.

DeSantis has seen his popularity surge among Republican voters in his state and around the nation over the past two years, thanks in large part to his relentless pushback against COVID-19 restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic as well as his aggressive actions in the culture wars.

He has now more than doubled the amount of fundraising he pulled in during the 2018 cycle, when the then-three-term congressman narrowly won election as governor over Democrat Andrew Gillum.

Florida, a one-time top general election battleground state which has trended red the past couple of election cycles, is also an expensive state in which to campaign. It is home to multiple media markets, includin… (Read more)

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