Democrat Frank Bruno narrowly outraises Republican Dorothy Hukill in battleground Senate District 8 race

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In the high-profile race  for State Senate District 8, Democrat Frank Bruno narrowly outraised Republican Dorothy Hukill during the last fundraising period between Aug. 10 and Sept. 14.

Bruno, the chairman of the Volusia County Council, raised $65,895 for the period compared with $64,275 for Hukill, a Republican state representative from Port Orange.

To date, Bruno has brought in $307,863, has spent $118,099 and has approximately $189,000 cash-on hand.

Hukill has now raised just over $395,000 for her campaign, has spent $241,252 and has just under $154,000 cash-on-hand.

The Bruno-Hukill campaign is expected to be one of the top two Senate races in the state this fall. District 8 includes most of Volusia County, a large chunk of Marion County and a small piece of Lake County.

Hukill received contributions during the latest fund-raising period from a wide range of groups and companies, including the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the Florida Bankers Association and the Florida Home Builders Association.

Of course, as the Orlando Sentinel’s Jason Garcia notes, the candidates’ hard money accounts don’t reflect the vast amounts of soft money being spent the race, which is one of the two most competitive state senate races in Florida. The Republican Party of Florida, for instance, has already reserved $2 million worth of TV ad time for Hukill. Bruno says the Florida Democratic Party has pledged to spend $1 million on his behalf.

Material from the News Service of Florida was used in this report.

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