In ultra-competitive District 4 race, Darden Rice outraising David McKalip 3-to1

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Tomorrow is the deadline for candidates for Saint Petersburg City Council to report their fundraising efforts during the first quarter of this year.

In the ultra-competitive race to replace Leslie Curran in District 4, look for Darden Rice to have outraised David McKalip something like three-to-one.

Sources inside Rice’s camp tell me that Rice, a prodigious fundraiser in her previous campaigns, brought in approximately $25,900 from the start of her campaign until March 31. 

As for McKalip, the first-time candidate will report raising $7,800, including a $1000 loan from himself, for his campaign. 

My initial reaction to these numbers is that Rice is right where she should be, on track to raise at least $75,000 for her campaign; McKalip’s haul is also where it needs to be, despite my earlier thinking that he needed to raise $10K for this quarter. He’s south of that number, yes, but this is his first campaign and the fact that he raised anything is noteworthy.

Both Rice’s and McKalip’s totals are unofficial. We’ll know their official numbers after they turn in their campaign treasurer’s reports.

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