Negron has 20-to-1 money edge in special Senate raceby George Bennett | June 13th, 2009
Reports filed Friday show Negron has raised $239,169 and Ramos $11,414.
With Pruitt facing term limits next year, both Negron and Ramos had already opened campaigns and were raising money for a 2010 Senate race. But Pruitt, citing family and economic concerns, announced May 8 that he would step down this summer instead.
Since then, Negron has hit the accelerator. He raised $174,619 in the five weeks after Pruitt’s announcement.
Ramos has raised $8,169 since Pruitt’s announcement. That includes $4,000 dumped into his coffers this week by the Florida Democratic Party.
Negron has spent $94,835 on the campaign so far, including $85,970 since Pruitt’s announcement. His biggest expenditure has been $35,000 to Baltimore-based consulting firm The Victory Group, whose clients have included Gov. Charlie Crist, former Gov. Jeb Bush and Senate President Jeff Atwater, R-North Palm Beach.
Pruitt’s Senate District 28 includes parts of Indian River, Okeechobee and St. Lucie counties, all of Martin County and northern Palm Beach County. Republicans hold a 42-to-35 percent registration edge in the district.
Negron, an attorney, held a Treasure Coast-Palm Beach County state House seat from 2000 to 2006. He was the GOP’s last-minute congressional replacement candidate in 2006 when U.S. Rep. Mark Foley abruptly resigned. Ramos, a Jensen Beach resident, lost state House races in 2006 and 2008.