In a memo to supporters, the U.S. Senate campaign of Republican Congressman Connie Mack said it would least match the $500,000 fundraising goal the campaign set for the fourth quarter, reports the News Service of Florida. The memo, from campaign manger Jeff Cohen, did not estimate the final amount of contributions Mack will report. “While the campaign will be tallying our fundraising results for the next several days, I am pleased to report that it appears we will achieve, if not exceed, that goal,” Cohen wrote. Mack entered the race in late October. Depending on how his GOP competitors did in the fourth quarter, Mack could still be behind in his overall haul. As of Sept. 30, former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux had raised almost $1.4 million and had slightly more than $1 million on hand, while former state House Majority Leader Adam Hasner had raised $1.1 million and had almost $786,000 on hand. Both former steakhouse executive Craig Miller and tea party favorite Mike McCalister had raised less than $250,000. Meanwhile, incumbent Democraticy Sen. Bill Nelson had raised almost $5.7 million and had $7.5 million in the bank.
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