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Brian Mast campaign says it raised more than $700K in Q2

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Rep. Brian Mast will report raising more than $700,000 in the second quarter of 2017, his campaign announced. The Mast campaign said Thursday it raised $733,964 between April 1 and June 30. That three-month fundraising haul brings his total raised to more than $1.12 million this cycle, according to the campaign.

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Charlie Crist, Brian Mast among The Hill’s ’10 freshman to watch’ in Congress

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Three Florida freshman are among the “freshmen to watch” in the 115th Congress. On Monday, The Hill unveiled its list of “10 freshmen to watch in the new Congress.” According to The Hill, seven new senators and 55 new House members — including 10 from Florida — will take the oath of office on Jan. 3. Newly elected Reps. Charlie Crist, Brian Mast and Stephanie Murphy were among the new members The Hill singled out. Crist, a St. Petersburg Democrat, unseated…

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It’s not the party, it’s the after party: Where to find Tampa Bay candidates on election night

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Election night parties will be raging across the state Tuesday. For some, it’s a chance to pop some bottles and celebrate. For others, it will be a somber event, marking the last hurrah of a long, hard-fought campaign. Want to party like a politician? Here’s a rundown of where candidates will be as the polls close. U.S. Senate It was one of the most-watched U.S. Senate races this election cycle. And on Tuesday night, both Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep.…

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Endorsement Watch: Hispanic Leadership Fund, National Association of Police Organizations, others issue endorsements

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With just a few days until the election, organizations are continuing to roll out endorsements for state and federal candidates. — Add the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce to the list of groups backing Randy Perkins. The Chamber endorsed Perkins in Florida’s 18th Congressional District. The organization, according to the Perkins campaign, made its decision based on his “understanding of the importance of a robust business climate and the role of economic development when it comes to policy and…

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Joni Ernst-affiliated PAC gives $5K to Brian Mast in CD 18

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Brian Mast, the Republican candidate in Florida’s 18th Congressional District, reported $8,700 in contributions in a new filing with the Federal Election Commission Monday, including $5,000 from a committee backing Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst. Mast is running against self-funding Democrat Randy Perkins for the seat currently held by Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, who is running for Marco Rubio’s Senate seat. Ernst, elected in 2014, has become a major player in GOP politics and is best known for her annual “Roast…

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Randy Perkins sinks another $1M into CD 18 race, 2nd since Oct. 20

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Democratic CD 18 candidate Randy Perkins put another $1 million of his own money into his campaign last week, according to a new notice filed with the Federal Election Commission. Perkins’ Oct. 27 contribution follows a separate $1 million cash infusion he made Oct. 20, and he has now put nearly $8 million of his own money into his campaign since filing for the seat. Through Oct. 19, Perkins had only raised about $685,000 through individual contributions. Brian Mast, Perkins’…

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Endorsement watch: National Right to Life, Sierra Club, Florida Retail Federation and others issue endorsements

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With just a few weeks until the election, organizations across the state are rolling out endorsements for state and federal candidates. — Neal Dunn has earned the support of the National Right to Life. The organization endorsed Dunn, a medical doctor, in his campaign for Florida’s 2nd Congressional District. “This endorsement reflects your commitment to strengthening a culture of life throughout the nation and in the U.S. Congress,” said David N. O’Steen, executive director, and Karen A. Cross, political director of…

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