New fundraising numbers for two closely watched Hillsborough races: HD 59 & HD 63

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With only 60 days until Election Day, two closely watched House races in the Hillsborough County region post the first week of General Election financing numbers, courtesy of the state Division of Elections website:

House District 59

Republican state Rep. Ross Spano raised $5,300 in fundraising, as well as $3,000 in-kind support from the Republican Party of Florida, in the weeklong reporting period of Aug. 22-29, bringing the total for the first-term incumbent to $142,755. Spano now has $80,383 cash on hand, as he enters the General Election for House District 59, covering parts of central Hillsborough County, Brandon, Riverview, Progress Village and Valrico.

Spano faces Brandon Democrat Donna Lee Fore, who raised $275 in the same period for a total of $5,880. After $3,000 in loans to date, and $9,822 in expenditures, Fore now owes her campaign $942.

House District 63

As primary season ends, and the General Election begins, the contentious House District 63 race goes into full swing, as former Republican state Rep. Shawn Harrison adds $2,000, with $3,000 in staffing support from the Republican Party of Florida, from Aug. 22-29.

Harrison’s fundraising total is now $129,376, with $46,487 in the bank, for his rematch against incumbent Democrat Rep. Mark Danish in the race to represent north Hillsborough County.

Meanwhile, Danish raised $3,350 in donations, as well as just over $2,000 in-kind from the Florida Democratic Party, for $95,772 overall. After spending only $29,491, Danish enters the General Election with $66,281 on hand.

After only serving one term in the House, Harrison lost to Danish in 2012 by a single percent.

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