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Randy Perkins sinks another $1M into CD 18 race, 2nd since Oct. 20

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Democratic CD 18 candidate Randy Perkins put another $1 million of his own money into his campaign last week, according to a new notice filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Perkins’ Oct. 27 contribution follows a separate $1 million cash infusion he made Oct. 20, and he has now put nearly $8 million of his own money into his campaign since filing for the seat.

Through Oct. 19, Perkins had only raised about $685,000 through individual contributions.

Brian Mast, Perkins’ Republican opponent in the race to take over for exiting U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, also filed a trio of new notices with the FEC ahead of the weekend, showing about $95,000 in new contributions.

Most of Mast’s contributions came in from individuals, though he did get a little help from former Florida U.S. Sen. George LeMieux as well as U.S. Reps. David McKinley of West Virginia and Andy Harris of Maryland.

Due to self-funding, Perkins holds a strong lead in total fundraising and had about $233,000 on hand Oct. 19. Mast, through the same date, had raised about $2.3 million and had about $400,000 of that money on hand.

CD 18 covers the whole of St. Lucie and Martin counties as well as part of northern Palm Beach County and has a near-even voter registration split between Republicans and Democrats.

The district voted narrowly for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney four years ago.

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