Florida’s sole statewide elected Democrat is off to a strong start in his bid for re-election, according to first-quarter fundraising numbers released today by his campaign.
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, up for re-election in 2018, will be reporting more than $2 million raised from more than 4,500 individual donors during the first three months of the year.
The $2 million-plus haul is on top of the nearly $1.8 million Nelson had in the bank before January 1, giving the state’s senior senator more than $3.6 million cash on hand.
The numbers released today come on the heels of several recent polls showing Nelson with a solid lead over his likely GOP challenger.
A poll released last month by the Florida Chamber of Commerce showed Nelson leading Florida Gov. Rick Scott in a hypothetical 2018 matchup by 6 points, 48 — 42.
Another poll released late February by the University of North Florida showed Nelson leading Scott by the same 6-point margin, 44 — 38.
Candidates’ first-quarter fundraising reports are due April 15.