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Andrew Warren again raises more than Mark Ober in Hillsborough State Attorney race

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Hillsborough County Democratic State Attorney hopeful Andrew Warren raised more money than GOP incumbent Mark Ober for the third consecutive time last month, and his campaign is making sure everybody knows it.

The Warren campaign announced on Tuesday that the former federal prosecutor raised $44,000 last month, compared with Ober’s $41,990.

“I can’t thank our community enough for their continued support,” Warren said in a prepared statement. “I told them I needed their help to continue my service for Hillsborough families, and they stepped up. I think it speaks to the enthusiasm for new leadership in the State Attorney’s office.”

Ober still leads Warren overall in fundraising for the seat, having taken in a total of $180,925 since he began in October.

Ober still leads overall in fundraising, taking in $180,925 since he formally started his re-election campaign in October. Warren has raised $127,000 since officially announcing his candidacy in January.

The Tampa Bay Times’ William March wrote last week that some Ober supporters were making an issue out of how much money Warren is raising outside of the region. Without the March 2016 figures posted, it can’t be determined if that’s still the trend.

The Warren camp is crowing that he was able to raise more money last month despite Ober’s high-profile fundraiser on March 22. Held at the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City, it featured his former colleague Attorney General Pam Bondi.

“We knew Mark Ober would call in 16 years of favors for his fundraiser this month,” said Tom Alte, a Warren campaign consultant. “The fact that he still came up short shows us two things: There’s enthusiasm for Andrew Warren, and Mark Ober’s supporters are hedging their bets.”

Among those contributing to Ober’s campaign to date include former Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor, Hillsborough County Commissioner Victor Crist, and WFLA 970 radio show host Ted Webb.

The 64-year-old Ober was first elected in 2000, and has rarely faced serious opposition in his re-election campaigns.

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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