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Andrew Warren continues to stay competitive in fundraising with GOP incumbent Mark Ober in Hillsborough State Attorney race

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Hillsborough County incumbent State Attorney Mark Ober continues to lead in fundraising over his Democratic challenger, Andrew Warren, but Warren raised approximately $4,000 more in May, a figure that his camp highlighted in a press release distributed on Thursday.

Although Warren’s official numbers haven’t been posted yet with the Florida Division of Elections website, his camp is touting that the $25,000 he brought in last month exceeds the $20,848 that the Ober reports on the Division’s site.

Overall, Ober continues to lead in terms of total cash in hand with more than $190,000. Warren says he’s raised more than $140,000 cash-on-hand, and yes, his official campaign started three months later, another factor that Team Warren is spotlighting.

“The continued support from our community is truly inspiring,” Warren said in a statement. “As we head into the final months of this campaign, I’m truly grateful to every person that has donated, volunteered, or pledged their vote to our campaign.  We’re on our way to victory.”

Both men are running unopposed in the Aug. 30 primary, meaning that their one-on-one contest will continue to build in momentum until this November, when Democrats in Hillsborough have historically done better in presidential election years.

Since officially entering the race in January, Warren has outraised Ober in every month except April, a fact that his campaign has prominently mentioned when the monthly fundraising numbers are due.

Ober has served in the seat since November of 2000, and has never been seriously challenged by a Democrat in his three subsequent reelection campaigns.

The 39-year-old Warren stepped down from his position as a federal fraud prosecutor for the U.S. Dept. of Justice late last year to focus full time on his campaign.

 

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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