Key fundraising totals from candidates throughout the Florida and Tampa Bay

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The fundraising reports for the first quarter were due yesterday and the numbers are still being crunched. Here are some of the highlights.

Montford does well in District 3:

Sen. Bill Montford had a good first quarter of fundraising, bringing in $14,400 in the three months that ended March 31, a good haul considering the Legislature was in session most of the quarter and he was barred from raising money during that time. Many incumbents struggled to hit the $10,000 mark for the quarter because of the session ban. In all, Montford, who under current maps would be running for Senate District 3, has raised $151,675.

Duggan had a good quarter, but Bean still overall leader in SD 4:

There was a surprise fundraising leader for the first three months of the year in the race for the new Senate District 4, the district that would wrap around Jacksonville and include Nassau County, the Jacksonville beaches, and the area west of the city. While former legislator Aaron Bean remains the far-and-away money leader among three Republicans vying for the seat, Jacksonville lawyer Wyman Duggan pulled in the most during the quarter, according to figures filed with the Division of Elections. Duggan, an attorney with Rogers Towers, raised $25,785 in the quarter, but it was his first of the campaign and so that’s his total as well. Bean, who has been running for the seat for a couple of years, raised $22,055 during the first quarter. But Bean, of Fernandina Beach, has raised more than $340,000 in all. Another GOP newcomer to the race, Rep. Mike Weinstein was prohibited from raising money during most of the quarter because the Legislature was in session. He raised $6,375, and in all has raised $113,100.

Slugging it out in District 8:

Democrat Frank Bruno outraised Republican rival Rep. Dorothy Hukill during the first quarter, but Hukill still has far outpaced Bruno in overall fundraising in their bid for the new Senate District 8 running from Interstate 75 near Ocala to the Atlantic coast south of Daytona. Bruno, the Volusia County chairman, brought in $30,465 during the three month period to $17,305 for Hukill. But Hukill was barred from raising money during most of the period because the Legislature was in session. The Port Orange Republican has raised more than $232,000 overall to Bruno’s $176,668. He’s also getting some help from state Democrats paying for staff. The district is just over half Republican in registration.

In ultra-competitive SD 15:

Jim Norman raised $18,700, bringing his overall total to $177,820.

Rob Wallace, seen as a stalking horse for forces not excited with the prospect of Jack Latvala as Senate President one day, was out-fundraised by Tea Partier John Korsak.

Wallace raised just $8,655 and spent $3,084, while Korsak raised a surprising $11,090 and spent virtually noting.

One of the more impressive numbers come from HD 7:

Halsey Beshears raises over $108,000 and keeps spending tight.

In a possible HD 47 match-up:

Eric Eisnaugle raised $9,325, bringing his overall total to $115,950.

Scott Randolph raised $4,239, bringing his overall total to $49,483.

Democrats smelling victory in HD 49:

Republican Rene Plasencia raised $17,976

Democrat Joe Saunders raised $55,731

Looking to return to the Florida House in District 55:

Randy Johnson raised $6,750 and loaned himself $23,000 – a little light in my opinion.  That won’t be enough to keep possible challengers out of the race.

Competitive primary in House District 65:

Chris Sprowls raised $23,900 during his first quarter on the fundraising trail, while only spending $609, giving him just enough money to mount an insurgent campaign.

Incumbent Peter Nehr raised $27,245 — not too shabby considering how little time he had to do it.

The Eagle soars:

In the first three months of 2012, Dane Eagle raised over $53,000, bringing the campaign total to more than $100,000.

Strong showing from newcomer in House District 78:

Political newcomer Heather Fitzenhagen raised $65,377 and spent $20,128 during her first quarter on the campaign trail.

Material from the News Service of Florida was used in this report.

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