Stephanie Murphy adds $602K to CD 7 reelection fund

Democratic U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy added another $602,000 to her reelection campaign and spent less than a third of that much in August and September, according to the latest federal campaign finance reports.

That keeps the campaign for Murphy, a two-term congresswoman from Winter Park, in far better financial position for a stretch drive than her Republican challenger in Florida’s 7th Congressional District, Leo Valentin.

Valentin, an Orlando radiologist and businessman, had a good two-month period ending Sept. 30. Still, he managed to collect just over half as much as Murphy, and his campaign spent nearly that much during August and September, according to the latest reports posted by the Federal Elections Commission.

Valentin added $325,611 in new money and his campaign spent $298,388 since the July 31 financial reports. That left him with $211,998 in the bank on Oct. 1. Overall, he has raised $822,084 for his campaign.

Murphy’s take for August and September was $602,237, and her campaign spent $186,719. On Oct. 1, her campaign still had $1.7 million left to spend. Overall, she has raised $2.7 million for her campaign.

CD 7 covers Seminole County and parts of northern, eastern, and southern

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