A new batch of 48-hour finance reports filed with the Federal Elections Commission shows Republican Mike Miller putting a dent, albeit a small one, in U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy’s fundraising lead in Florida’s 7th Congressional District.
Candidates are required to file 48-hour reports for any contributions $1,000 or more. The requirement leaves out small-dollar donors, which have made up a significant portion of Murphy’s fundraising thus far. Through the third-quarter, Murphy had brought in about $236,000 from donors whose checks measured in below the $200 itemization threshold.
Miller, currently a state Representative, listed 15 new campaign contributions totaling $27,400 in a pair of reports filed earlier this week. The first showed a single $1,000 contribution from Oviedo financial adviser Steven Rosenstock, while the second included more than a dozen contribs, including a pair of checks combining to $5,400 from Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems.
Murphy, first elected in 2016, filed a trio of reports that included seven contributions between them. The first of the three showed labor union SEIU chipping in with a pair of checks combining to $5,000, while the notable donor on the second filing being Nike. The apparel company cut a $1,000 check to the incumbent Democrat.
The 48-hour filings are the Miller’s and Murphy’s first reports since they turned in their third-quarter numbers.
Murphy tacked on about $480,000 in her October quarterly, bringing her overall fundraising total to nearly $3 million. She had $1.15 million banked on Sept. 30. Miller, meanwhile, showed another $300,000-plus raised in his Q3 report, though he still trails his opponent by a significant margin.
He finished September with a to-date fundraising total of $870,000, though he had just $37,000 of that cash left to spend.
CD 7 covers all of Seminole plus north and central Orange County, including downtown Orlando and the neighborhood surrounding it, then stretching down to the south suburbs of Edgewood and Belle Isle.
The district has a Democratic lean and most political handicappers give Murphy strong odds to hold onto the seat in November. The forecasters at FiveThirtyEight currently give Miller just a 5 percent chance to successfully flip the district, and the expected split at the polls predicts Murphy will cruise to re-election with 56 percent of the vote.