Latest fundraising reports prove Brad Drake vs. Jan Hooks is a GOP primary to watch

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It’s official: the GOP primary in House District 5 pitting former state Rep. Brad Drake vs. Santa Rosa Beach real estate agent Jan Hooks is a race to watch this election cycle.
As first reported here, Hooks totaled $49,250 in campaign cash in January as she seeks to replace term-limited Rep. Marti Coley. 
Meanwhile, Drake raised just $6,100 last month. Drake’s slow fundraising comes on top of a less-than-positive story from the Florida Times-Union, which revealed the Republican Party of Florida paid Drake’s company thousands of dollars for “consulting” work after he agreed not to challenge Coley.
Now, after diving into Drake’s fundraising report, it’s clear he had not just a slow month, but a downright bad one.
Drake didn’t receive a single contribution from an individual, nor did he receive a single contribution from within his district. In fact, all of Drake’s contributions came from special interest connected money or PACs.
As for Hooks, she took in more during January than any other candidate running for the House (incumbents included). And she did so without taking any contributions from PACs or special interest connected entities. 
All of this leaves Hooks with more cash-on-hand than Drake after just one month in the race.
Bottom line: This is going to be one of the GOP primaries to watch in 2014.

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