Chris Sprowls continues HD 65 fundraising lead

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Republican Chris Sprowls continued the fundraising momentum in his House District 65 bid against incumbent Democrat Rep. Carl “Z” Zimmerman.

The Tarpon Springs Republican added $3,000 from July 26 to Aug. 1 for an overall total of $184,401 in the race for region covering parts of north Pinellas County, Tarpon Springs, Dunedin, Palm Harbor and East Lake.

According to the most recent filings with the state Division of Elections, Sprowls spent $30,776 in the weeklong period, for $121,761 in total expenditures. That leaves him with $64,640 cash on hand.

In contrast, Zimmerman reported only $950 in fundraising and $15,073 in-kind support, mostly from the Democratic Party for polling services and campaign staff expenses. His total of $76,626 is only about 40 percent of the amount raised by Sprowls, a first time Republican candidate with several key endorsements in the race.

Zimmerman spent $1,953 during the reporting period, for a total expenditure of $11,504, leaving him with cash on hand of $65,221, roughly on par with Sprowls’ war chest.

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