State Sen. Jack Latvala says he raised more than $650,000 dollars in September for his campaign for the Republican nomination for governor.

“Since entering the governor’s race, I have been overwhelmed by the positive response from residents around the state,” Latvala said. “From the first responders who are already lining up behind our campaign, to the small business and tourism community leaders who are expressing support, to the very first person who contributed to my campaign – a veteran in the panhandle, I am excited about the next 12 months and eventually leading this great state moving forward.”

Latvala’s success in raising campaign funds last month, his first full month of fundraising since announcing for governor in mid-August, came despite the damage caused across much of the state as the result of Hurricane Irma.

During September, Latvala’s campaign raised a total of $667,529, adding that contributions came from residents in 39 different Florida counties.

“I think the range of counties where we raised money in September speaks to the fact that we will have statewide support in a statewide race,” Latvala added.

In addition to his regular campaign account, Latvala’s political committee, Florida Leadership Committee, raised $156,670 in September.

Between the two accounts, Latvala has more than $4.67 million cash on hand.

Latvala is one of two big-named Republicans who are running to succeed Gov. Rick Scott who is term-limited at the end of next year.  The other is state Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.

Two other well-known members of the GOP, House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Congressman Ron DeSantis, are also believed to considering getting into the race.