Democrat Philip Levine released his latest campaign contribution numbers Monday morning showing the former Miami Beach Mayor bringing in $2.6 million to his gubernatorial campaign and political action committee for May.
While it was Levine’s best month of fundraising since he entered the race the first of November, half of the total raised in May — $1.3 million — came from the candidate himself. Levine has made a commitment to match contributions to his campaign.
“Our campaign is building a formidable lead in support, fundraising, and grassroots energy, ” stated Christian Ulvert, senior advisor to the campaign. “This strong showing of support confirms yet again that our campaign has the backing, momentum, and message to win in August and November, and elect a Democratic candidate to the Governor’s Office for the first time in twenty years.”
The Levine campaign has raised over $15 million to date.
He has spent about $11.5 million of that money, much of it going to television ads which have helped to boost his name recognition and standing with Democratic voters. Polls have consistently placed him atop the pack of the four candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for governor.
“With primary ballots being mailed in 50 days, Philip Levine is bringing together supporters and donors from all parts of Florida who are ready to break the cycle of Republican control in Tallahassee,” Ulvert said.
An internal poll released by Levine’s campaign last week showed him with a 10-point lead over his closest competitor, Gwen Graham.
The survey, conducted by Public Policy Polling, gave Levine a lead of 30 percent to 20 percent over Graham. Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum was third with 12 percent, while Orlando-area businessman Chris King received 6 percent. A third of the voters surveyed, 33 percent, are still unsure.