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Aug. 30 Democratic primary

Patrick Murphy campaign raised $1 million last month, has $4 million in bank

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Today, U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy announced raising $1 million in the pre-primary FEC reporting period with $4 million cash-on-hand for his U.S. Senate campaign. That’s in addition to the $800,000 his campaign already has pre-paid for TV commercials this fall. “I continue to be humbled by the Floridians across our state who are standing with me in this election,” Murphy stated in a news release issued by his campaign. “It’s clear that hardworking Florida families are ready for a senator who shows…

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The year of the openly gay candidate in Florida politics

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This is the year that Central Florida gays step boldly into the political spotlight, joining an increasingly large outpouring of gay candidates statewide. Four openly gay Orlando-area Democratic candidates are running for election in federal and state races this year; Valleri Crabtree in Florida’s 9th Congressional District centered in south Orlando and Kissimmee; Bob Poe in Florida’s 10th Congressional District centered in west Orlando. There is also Beth Tuura in the 47th Florida House District centered in central Orlando, and Carlos Guillermo…

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