In HD 63, Shawn Harrison widens fundraising lead over incumbent Mark Danish

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Republican former state Rep. Shawn Harrison widens his fundraising lead against incumbent Democrat Rep. Mark Danish in House District 63, one of Hillsborough County’s most hard-fought races.

Harrison added $33,805 from October 4-10, with another $8,900 in staffing support from the Republican Party of Florida. His fundraising total now sits at $198,191.

After a massive advertising spend for the reporting period — including more than $55,000 to the Vero Beach-based David Millner Group – Harrison has a little more than $30,000 in the bank.

First elected to the House in 2010, Harrison served an only single term, losing to Danish in 2012.

During the same weeklong period, Danish took less than 40 percent of that collected by his GOP opponent: $13,305 in donations, for $132,342 overall.

With only $153 in expenditures for Oct. 4-10, Danish’s total spending clocks in at $92,716, leaving him with $36,626 on hand.

HD 63 covers most of north Hillsborough County.

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