Republican Will Robinson during the first weeks of September brought in more than five times as much as Democrat Tracy Platt, dimming hopes of an upset in Florida House District 71.

Robinson pulled in $25,925 in the reporting period, compared to $4,575 for Pratt. While Pratt holds a not-so-shabby $42,122 in cash on hand, Robinson dominates the race with $270,020.

The two Bradenton attorneys won their respective party nominations unopposed. Candidates run to succeed state Rep. Jim Boyd, who terms out this year.

Robinson had originally anticipated a primary against James Buchanan, an area Realtor and son of sitting U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, but ultimately the younger Buchanan tried to run in a special election in House District 72, and when that failed, Buchanan entered the Republican primary in District 74.

That left Robinson, an attorney at Blalock Williams and Manatee County native who thus far has run a low-key campaign stressing his community roots.

But Pratt has hoped to seize on a national discontent with Republican leadership and pull an upset much like state Rep. Margaret Good did in February when she beat Buchanan in the District 72 special election.

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