Dwight Dudley hits $210K; Bill Young leads on-hand cash in HD 68 race

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Incumbent Democrat Rep. Dwight Dudley enjoyed a robust funding period from Oct. 11-17, while GOP hopeful Bill Young II still leads in on-hand cash for the hotly contested House District 68 race.

Dudley added $16,585, with another $6,250 of in-kind support from the Florida Democratic Party, for his re-election effort in the district covering much of eastern Pinellas County.

Through Oct. 17, Dudley now has $210,360 so far, according to the Florida Division of Elections website. After spending $15,500 — most of it on a cable ad buy – and total expenditures of $190,510, Dudley now has just under $18,600 on hand.

During the weeklong period, Young, son of the late Republican U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, took in $6,800, as well as $1,000 of in-kind support from the Republican Party of Florida for “in-voter contact.”

After spending $5,824 for the week, and $117,451 in expenditures to date, Young is entering the final stretch of the campaign far ahead with more than $54K in his war chest.

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