Ray Blacklidge closes on hand cash gap with Jennifer Webb
The race to replace outgoing state Rep. Kathleen Peters in House District 69 has become one of the closest funding races this election cycle among Florida state races.
Republican Ray Blacklidge is leading his Democratic opponent, Jennifer Webb, by a comparatively small margin compared to other political contests that put Democratic challengers at a funding disadvantage.
Blacklidge has raised $236,000 to date while Webb is trailing just behind with $189,000 in total contributions, according to the most recent campaign finance filings through September 14.
Still, Blacklidge doubled down his fundraising efforts during the first two weeks of September, bringing in $57,000. During the same period, Webb raised just $7,500. Until the end of August, Webb had been leading Blacklidge in fundraising.
Blacklidge, a Madeira Beach attorney, depleted his campaign war chest during a competitive primary against St. Petersburg attorney Jeremy Bailie in which he spent nearly $71,000. Most of that spending went to Tallahassee-based Front Line Strategies for political consulting.
Blacklidge defeated Bailie 58 to 42 percent.
Webb did not face a challenger in the Democratic primary.
That shows in the two candidates’ cash on hand. Blacklidge has just $56,000 remaining in the