Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham raised more than $300,000 for her campaign and her independent political committee during the third quarter of 2017, her campaign announced Monday.

Graham’s campaign said it has  amassed more than $3.6 million dollars for the 2018 election campaign, and had more than $2.5 million cash on hand at the end of September. The new money included more than $165,000 for her campaign and over $135,000 for her Our Florida independent political committee.

Graham, a former congresswoman from Tallahassee, is in a battle for the 2018 Democratic nomination with Winter Park businessman Chris King and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum. Going into the third quarter, she led both in the money race, though trailed Republican candidates Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam of Bartow and state Sen. Jack Latvala of Clearwater by sizable margins.

Her campaign said she added 1,000 new donors in the quarter, bringing her total to 8,850 individual donors so far.

“This campaign is about more than winning back the governor’s office. This campaign is about undoing nearly 20 years of damaging one-party rule,” she stated in a news release. “When I’m elected governor, the decades of privatizing our education, paving over our environment and profiting off the backs of the middle class are going to end. I’m proud of the coalition we’re building — thousands of donors from every corner of the state — to turn Florida blue. Together, we will support our public schools, create good paying jobs, and prepare our state for the effects of climate change.”

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Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at scott@floridapolitics.com.

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