Patrick Murphy, challenger to Allen West, raises $350K during first quarter of 2012

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Patrick Murphy, running in the newly drawn 18th congressional district against Rep. Allen West, announced today that he raised $350,000 during the first quarter of 2012.  That brings the campaign’s total haul to nearly $1.7 million, with over $1 million in the bank for the November election against West.  Murphy remains one of the top ten fundraising challengers in the country.

“I am humbled by the support that I have received from contributors big and small,” said Murphy.  “Our campaign is growing every day, in part because the residents of the 18th district need a leader who is going to be a responsible, reasonable voice.   They want someone who can not only get to work, but work together.”

Following redistricting, the 18th district contains all of St. Lucie and Martin Counties, as well as several towns in northern Palm Beach County, including Jupiter, Tequesta, Palm Beach Gardens, and Royal Palm Beach.

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