New figures in Sunshine State Senate battle
October 12th, 2011
11:08 AM ET
11 years ago

New figures in Sunshine State Senate battle

(CNN) - A two-term Democratic senator who could face a challenging re-election next year is reporting some big fundraising figures.

Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida will report raising just under $2 million in the third quarter of fundraising this year, according to a source close to Nelson's re-election campaign. The source also says the senator will report having around $7.5 million cash on hand for his re-election bid, and that 5,133 individuals made donations, a 54% increase in contributors over the second quarter.

The Republican candidates battling to face off next year against Nelson, former appointed Sen. George LeMieux, former state House Majority Leader Adam Hasner, and businessmen Craig Miller and Mike McCallister, have not yet revealed their July through September fundraising figures. Campaigns must file their numbers with the Federal Election Commission by October 15.

Nelson's numbers were first reported by the Palm Beach Post.

Democrats currently have a 53 to 47 majority in the Senate. They are defending 23 seats (21 Democrats and two independents who caucus with the party) next year, with the GOP defending 10 seats.

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Filed under: 2012 • Bill Nelson • Congress • Florida • George LeMieux • Senate
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. gt

    what is wrong with these senators who have been in the senatwe for 12 .. 16 .. years or longer ..its not for a life time.. nelson is old ,old ,old.. new blood both parties....

    October 12, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  2. T'sah from Virginia

    Why is it always "businessmen" who feel they can run for president? They would be the ones that would continue to give corporations TAX BREAKS and on the side continue to make BILLIONS!!!

    Obama/Biden 2012...

    October 12, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    What's the difference between a society where government that controls all of the businesses, and a society where businesses controll all of the government? None, as far as the common man can see.

    October 12, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  4. Independent Voters

    I say vote all the no good congressman and senate out of the office.
    We the american people will vote them out of the office 2012.
    Whoever didnt help pass the bill we will see in 2012 that you not elected especially you Nelson.

    October 12, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  5. 2607

    ben nelson = republican in sheep clothes

    October 12, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  6. diridi

    Replace with all Democrats....GOP and Tea thugs are for Rich, Wars, Corporations, banning social security, and Medicare Ban, and all illegal for direct Dem. ticket, floriday....

    October 12, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  7. PA_outofwork

    Bill Nelson; the teleprompter president and the entire Democratic Party are in trouble with the voters, the Democrats put us in this mess and there will be no second chance for Democratic Party in Congress. We can’t just blame Obama, you have to start after the 2006 election where the Democrats took over in Congress, 8 years of Bush was better than 3 years of Obama.

    October 12, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |