Chip LaMarca still outraising Democratic challenger as he spends nearly $120K in newest HD 93 reports

Democratic candidate Linda Thompson Gonzalez had her best fundraising period yet as she challenges Republican Rep. Chip LaMarca in House District 93.

Despite that breakthrough — where she raised nearly $45,000 from Sept.19-Oct. 2 — she still collected just over half of what her opponent hauled in.

LaMarca added more than $74,000 during the same period, according to new reports filed with the Florida Division of Elections. His political committee, Citizens Helping Improve Policy, added another $12,500 during the same span, for a total approaching $87,000.

Thompson Gonzalez tapped into the out-of-state fundraising network being utilized by several of her fellow Democratic candidates this cycle. That allowed her to notch her campaign high of nearly $45,000.

Around 57% of that money came from outside Florida. When broken down by individual donations, 88% of her donations came from out of state. The vast majority of those donations were for small sums — $25 or less — while she garnered several larger individual donations from inside the state.

Merick Lewin, a politically active entrepreneur based in South Florida, sent $1,000 to the Thompson Gonzalez campaign. EMILY’s List — a national organization aimed at helping elect Democratic women who

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