Here's where sh*t stands – the "who raised what and does it matter" edition

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The Easter holiday may have been on Sunday, but today is almost a holiday for Florida’s political aficionados who will be looking for presents in the quarterly campaign finance reports due today.

Here are some local candidate’s reports to pay close attention and what they might say:

Kevin Beckner – It looks like many Hillsborough County fundraisers, even GOPers, are rallying around Beckner now that sensible Republican Steve Cona has dropped out of the race.

Nancy Bostock/Neil Brickfield – Bostock’s opponent, Charlie Justice, got in too late in the quarter to post a real number and Brickfield’s challenger, Janet Long, filed after the fundraising deadline, so she won’t even have to post a number. So Bostock and Brickfield could put up big numbers without their opponents being able to mitigate them with their own strong reports.

Rick Kriseman/Kathleen Peters – With a strong Republican now in the race, did Kriseman step up his fundraising in the final weeks of the quarter?  And how did Peters do in her months on the trail? Anything less than 10K would be a disappointment.

Jack Latvala‘s leadership funds, the Florida Leadership Fund and Working Together for Florida – reports for these funds are not due quarterly, but the first reports of what Latvala has raised since the legislative session ended — and his first opportunity to collect checks since all-but-wrapping up the 2017-18 Senate Presidency — will indicate just how much Tallahassee backs Jack.

John Legg/Wilton Simpson – Rep. Legg is going to need a bear of report to stave off runors that Simpson is pulling ahead in this ultra-competitive State Senate race.

Jim Norman/Rob Wallace – Expect Norman to raise a boatload, with a lot of overlap from Latvala’s donors. But who knows how Wallace performed.  It will be interesting to see if Wallace raised any $ from donors near Jacksonville, i.e. Sen. John Thrasher’s friends.

Supervisor of Elections candidates – In Hillsborough and Sarasota, there are intriguing races for the relatively boring job of Supervisor of Elections, with Representative Rich Glorioso running in the former and Senator Mike Bennett running in the latter.  Were they able to raise some coin from their friends in Tallahassee for these local jobs?

Chris Sprowls – Why do I get the feeling this challenger to incumbent Peter Nehr will post a strong number?  If he does, it will only reinforce the notion that this is going to be a hard-fought primary.

Leslie Waters – Sure, her race for the Seminole City Commission is over and won, but check her report and you’ll see a nice final payout to consultant Brett Doster.

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