In HD 96 money race, Kristin Jacobs blows by Steve Perman

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For a moment there, it seemed that Steve Perman was going to make a serious run on closing the financial gap on Kristin Jacobs in the House District 96 Primary election.

That moment seems to have passed.

With Perman posting a lackluster report of $1,795 and Jacobs rolling with a solid $18,075 she now has a nearly $70k cash on hand lead.

Taking such a lead in a race between two well-regarded candidates (Perman is a former lawmaker and Jacobs a County Commissioner) is not terribly uncommon, but like the roadside fender-bender that it is, it does seem worth a glancing look

Perman’s campaign seems to have become a one-trick pony with the vast majority of his donations (around 75%) coming from his own industry group: chiropractors. Jacob’s on the other hand has not only done well among her Broward crowd, but seems to have successfully courted a wide array of Tallahassee folks.  Her donor base is not just deep; it is wide.

As most readers of this blog will attest, sometimes the Tallahassee money is right and sometimes it is wrong – but it certainly tends to flock to the perceived winner and in this case, the safe money seems to be moving to Kristin.

The larger question though is, “How did Perman lose the Tallahassee vote in the first place?” After all, he spent two years in the House, and he was no slouch. Perman clearly liked being here, was congenial enough and seemed to work as hard as anyone.

Now, at least in looking at his donor report, he seems to be yesterday’s news – except, that is, among his own chiropractor pals.

With the variety of twists an turns this race has taken (a ruling is expected Monday on whether or not a write-in stays on the ballot for example) this race promises to be tomorrow’s news as well.

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