Winter Springs Republican David Smith’s finance report for the week ending Oct. 19, putting him past the $250,000 mark in total fundraising in his bid for House District 28.
Smith is up against Casselberry Democrat Lee Mangold in the race to replace term-limited Republican Rep. Jason Brodeur in the Seminole County state House seat.
The Oct. 13-19 report showed a dozen-and-a-half checks totaling $12,750. Among them were 11 contribs for the max campaign donation of $1,000. Among those dharing the top spot on the report were travel website Expedia, telecom company Comcast Corporation, utility co. Duke Energy and multinational business consulting outfit Deloitte Services.
A hair over $1,500 headed out the door for the week, with nearly all of that cash transferred over to Las Vegas-based McShane, LLC for advertising work. He finished the reporting period with $256,129 raised, including $60,000 in candidate loans, and close to $100,000 in the bank.
The same seven days saw Mangold bring in just $277.50 from seven small-dollar donors while spending $1,592, including $750 on Facebook ads and another $665 on printing via Orlando-based Delivery Signs.
Mangold has raised $50,404 in total, including $10,000 in candidate loans, and had $12,200 left to spend on Oct. 19.
Smith and Mangold will turn in one more campaign finance report, covering Oct. 20 through Nov. 1, before the general election is held on Nov. 6. Candidates are barred from raising funds during the five days leading up to Election Day.
HD 28 covers part of northeastern Seminole County including Sanford, Winter Springs, Casselberry and Oviedo. It has a GOP lean.
According to the most recent bookclosing report from the Florida Division of Elections, Republican voters make up nearly 38 percent of the electorate compared to a 33 percent share for Democrats. Still, that gap has tightened since the three months since the pre-primary electoral makeup, when Republicans held a 40-33 advantage.
There’re also no historical results to point to for past state House elections, as Brodeur has not faced a Democratic opponent on Election Day in his three re-election campaigns since the seat was redrawn in 2012.
If there’s a data point Democrats can take comfort in, it would be the seat’s relatively tepid embrace of Donald Trump two years ago. And ahead of the 2016 general, Republicans held a 7-point advantage in voter registrations.