Report: Florida Democrats post $1.3 million first quarter

by | Apr 10, 2024

The Florida Democratic Party raised $1.3 million in the first quarter of 2024, marking its second consecutive quarter over $1 million.

The Florida Democratic Party reported on Tuesday that it raised $1.3 million in the first quarter of 2024 in a release first shared with The Hill.

The publication disclosed that the Florida Democrats received 5,271 contributions in the first quarter prior to the Florida Supreme Court rulings on abortion and marijuana last week, with “tens of thousands” coming following the decisions. According to party Executive Director Phillip Jerez, the $1.3 million figure marks the second consecutive financial quarter surpassing $1 million in fundraising. It also serves as the highest raised total during a single quarter in more than a year. Republican Party of Florida Chairman Evan Power noted that during the same timeframe, the state GOP raised more than $8 million.

“In the past six months, the Florida Democratic Party has recorded back-to-back million dollar quarters,” said Jerez told The Hill. “With two consecutive seven-figure fundraising hauls raising $1.1 million in Q4 2023 and $1.3 million in Q1 2024, we are entering the presidential election cycle with a strong foundation to build out our campaign to take back Florida.”

The Florida Democrats, who face a supermajority in the state House and Senate, is building momentum on the back of surprise wins in the Jacksonville mayoral race (Donna Deegan) and in House District 35 (Rep. Tom Keen). Despite the victories, the Republican Party of Florida has surpassed the Democratic Party in voter registrations by approximately 810,000, as of February 1. In amassing the registration lead, the state GOP has flipped several counties and made gains in populous regions like Hillsborough and Duval Counties.

At the federal level, former Democrat Representative Debbie Mucarsel-Powell declared her intention in August to challenge Sen. Rick Scott for his Senate seat. Before her formal announcement, top Democratic figures, including U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and other Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee officials, had already expressed support, urging her to enter the race, as reported by Politico in July.

A poll conducted and published in March by EMILY’s List, a partisan sponsor for the Democratic Party, gave Scott a three-point lead in the race, leading Mucarsel-Powell 44 percent to 41 percent.


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