Florida: Ross Raises $160,000 in Race for Putnam’s Seat

Posted April 2, 2010 at 5:23pm

Former state Rep. Dennis Ross (R) raised about $160,000 from January to March for his open-seat bid in the 12th district, a source in the Ross campaign said last week.

Ross — who faces a primary against Polk County Commissioner Randy Wilkinson — was able to bank about half that total during the period, and he ended March with about $350,000 in cash on hand, the source said.

Those kind of numbers set a tough mark for Polk County Supervisor of Elections Lori Edwards (D), who has so far proved to be a poor fundraiser.

Many campaign watchers have already written Edwards off as a bust, but the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee continues to stand by her. Last month, the DCCC added her name to its “Red to Blue” fundraising and campaign infrastructure program.

Edwards faces 2008 nominee Doug Tudor in the primary. In 2008, Tudor took 43 percent against Rep. Adam Putnam (R), who is leaving to run for state agriculture commissioner.