While there is some optimism in Republican circles about knocking off longtime U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, Repubs simply have not been able to bank enough money so far to knock off the Democratic incumbent.
Brown has raised more than $659,000 for her campaign, with almost $220,000 coming from PACs. Brown has spent most of her funds, but has more than $142,000 on hand.
She faces a challenge from attorney Scott Fortune for the Democratic nomination. Fortune has raised more than $6,000 and sent $36,000 of his own money to his campaign. He had more than $8,000 on June 30.
The candidates in the Republican primary are spending what they have raised. Businessman Dean Black, who used to host a radio show, raised over $48,000 but had only $1,208 on June 30. Businessman Mike Yost raised almost $35,000 from individuals, kicked in almost $4,500 of his own money and had less than $800 on hand.
Duval County Young Republicans President Chris Nwaskie is also running for the Republican nomination, while Realtor Terry Martin-Back is running with no party affiliation. Their numbers have not been posted by the Florida Elections Commission.
While Republicans talked about picking this seat up, Brown appears headed for another term.