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Jack Latvala’s fundraising numbers suggest Senate President race may not be over

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If the race to be the next president of the Florida Senate is only a special election in Senate District 6 from being over, don’t tell that to Jack Latvala’s fundraising numbers.

The Pinellas lawmaker has posted a head-turning fundraising report for the month of February … one that suggests, at the very least, that Latvala is not going down without a fight.

According to the Florida Division of Elections, Latvala’s Florida Leadership Committee raised $498,949 in February and expended just $54,273. That leaves the committee with $924,065 cash-on-hand — more than enough money to play in 2016’s legislative primaries.

Meanwhile, Latvala’s rival for the Senate presidency, Joe Negron raised just $137,750 for his Treasure Coast Alliance committee, while expending $130,412. This leaves Negron’s committee with $463,820.

The takeaways: Latvala out raised Negron by nearly 4 to 1 in February and Latvala raised more during the last month than Negron has money left in the bank.

Negron’s supporters continue to say that he now has the votes lined up to win a vote for the presidency.

“I have a majority of support,” Negron told the Naples Daily News‘ Matt Dixon in January.

Yet, it’s difficult to suggest the Sen Prez race is over with that kind of fundraising.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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