Crist raises $1.35 million in first month of campaign for Florida governor

Greg Nash

Rep. Charlie Crist (D-Fla.) raised more than $1.3 million in the first month of his bid for Florida governor, his campaign said Wednesday.

Combined with a $185,000 transfer from his congressional campaign account, Crist pulled in more than $1.5 million over the past month, his campaign said. 

The announcement comes a day after Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried jumped into the race for Florida governor, giving Crist a top-tier primary challenger and marking the beginning of a potentially long and expensive fight for the Democratic nomination. 

The eventual nominee will go on to face Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) in the 2022 general election. 

DeSantis, a steadfast ally of former President Trump and a rising star in the GOP, has already pulled miles ahead of his challengers in fundraising. In April, his political committee raked in nearly $14 million, its largest monthly haul since October 2018.

Still, Crist is a proven fundraiser in his own right, a reputation built over a long career in electoral politics. He already served once as Florida governor more than a decade ago before stepping down for an ultimately unsuccessful Senate campaign. 

He ran for governor once again in 2014, falling to incumbent Rick Scott. Crist was elected to represent Florida’s St. Petersburg-based 13th District in 2016.

Tags 2022 midterm elections Charlie Crist Donald Trump Florida Florida governor Florida politics Fundraising Nikki Fried Ron DeSantis

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