Val Demings collected $120,000 in her first fund-raising sprint to try and topple incumbent Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs.

The first three-week haul included checks from more than 200 donors and a $50,000 donation from the Florida Democratic Party, the campaign said.

Jacobs had jumped to an early fund raising lead, having pulled in nearly half a million dollars before the former Orlando police chief entered the race last month.

The $50,000 from the state party is a bit unusual for county political races. It may reflect that Demings is still seen as a rising star for a state party that’s been regularly panned for its thin political bench.

But it could also indicate that this county race, which is technically a non-partisan contest, could have a distinctly partisan feel to it.

Demings raises $120K in Orange mayor race – Orlando Sentinel.

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