WASHINGTON — Democrat Val Demings said today that her campaign raised more than $500,000 in the last three months; a significant haul that’s her best of the year and one that is certain to put pressure on her Republican opponent, U.S. Rep. Dan Webster of Winter Garden.
Demings, a former Orlando police chief, repeatedly has outraised Webster this election cycle as the two politicians battle for Florida’s 10th Congressional District, a redrawn seat that includes parts of Orange, Lake and Polk counties. Though the district leans Republican, Demings’ fundraising efforts have raised her profile, and a poll put out by national Democrats this week showed her down just 5 percentage points to Webster, a freshman legislator.
“The momentum we are gaining is amazing. This success represents the men and women throughout Central Florida who are chipping in $10 and $20 at a time to support my campaign,” Demings said in a statement.
Adding to Webster’s challenge is that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, an arm of the party, have reserved about $2 million for TV ads in Central Florida that could be used to help Demings. The GOP equivalent, the National Republican Congressional Committee, has yet to reserve any time to support Webster.
The Webster campaign has not released an estimate of its fundraising activity from July 1 to Sept. 30; the deadline to file that information isn’t until Oct. 15. Demings’ announcement did not include specific details about her supporters, nor did it mention how much cash she has to spend during the homestretch of the election. Those details will be available once the reports are filed.