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Patrick Murphy leads all comers with $1.4 million in fundraising, $2.5 million on hand

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U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy trounced his opponents with strong second quarter 2015 fundraising in his bid for Florida’s open U.S. Senate seat.

According to his campaign, the Jupiter Democrat took in more than $1.4 million, finishing with nearly $2.5 million cash-on-hand for the quarter ending June 30.

Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, Murphy’s closest rival, raised $1 million, ending the quarter with $2 million cash-on-hand.

Fellow Democratic U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, who entered the race only last week, raised $197,000, loaned himself $50,000, and ended the quarter with roughly $70,000 cash-on-hand.

Campaign officials also noted that both DeSantis and Grayson in the last quarter enjoyed support from the ultra-conservative Club for Growth.

“Despite being attacked by conservative outside groups, Patrick significantly outraised our opponents and continued to build support across the state,” said Murphy Campaign Manager Josh Wolf. “While Alan Grayson and Ron DeSantis are depending on support from conservative organizations that are determined to dismantle Social Security and Medicare, Patrick is racking up support from Floridians across the state who are tired of the dysfunction in Washington.”

Wolf added that Murphy’s $1.4 million haul for the last quarter included 3,000 new individual contributions averaging less than $200.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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