Chris Sprowls reaches $194K in fundraising for HD 65 campaign

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Chris Sprowls continues his fundraising dominance as the lead Republican hopeful for House District 65 against incumbent Democrat Rep. Carl “Z” Zimmerman.

The first-time candidate from Tarpon Springs added another $9,650 from Aug. 2-8, for an overall total of $194,051 in the race for the district covering parts of north Pinellas County, Tarpon Springs, Dunedin, Palm Harbor and East Lake.

Recent filings with the state Division of Elections show Sprowls spending $56,212 in the weeklong period — including some major media and print buys — for nearly $178,000 in total expenditures to date. That leaves him with $17,561 cash on hand.

In contrast, Zimmerman reported only $1,700 in fundraising for the weeklong reporting period. His total stands at $78,326, remaining about 40 percent of the amount raised by Sprowls, who has amassed several key endorsements in the race.

Zimmerman spent $2,607 during the reporting period, for a total expenditure of $14,112, leaving him with cash on hand of $64,214.

At the same time, Sprowls’ Republican primary challenger, Debbie Faulkner, raised $120. Her total now stands at $10,882, with $7,845 in expenditures.

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