Close money race between Bernard, Clemens in state Senate District 27by George Bennett | July 16th, 2012
Donors kicked in more than $150,000 to the Democratic rivals in Palm Beach County’s hottest state Senate primary during the last quarter, with state Rep. Mack Bernard, D-West Palm Beach, collecting $85,730 and state Rep. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, garnering $71,548.
Bernard and Clemens are running in the Aug. 14 primary for the heavily Democratic District 27 seat.
In other Senate primaries, Republican Melanie Peterson raised $10,290 in contributions during the quarter that ended June 30 while GOP rival Geoff Sommers raised $5,126 from contributors. But Sommers has an overall financial edge after putting $40,000 of his own money into the race.
The Sommers-Peterson winner will face Democratic state Rep. Joseph Abruzzo, D-Wellington, in Senate District 25. Abruzzo has raised $100,283 so far.
In Palm Beach-Broward Senate District 34, state Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale, raised $106,196 in contributions during the last quarter and received another $48,885 in in-kind help from the Republican Party of Florida. Her GOP primary rival, Mike Lameyer, raised $2,025 in the quarter.
The Republican winner will face Democratic state Sen. Maria Sachs, D-Boca Raton, who raised 88,940 in the quarter. In a race that is a top priority for Florida Democrats, the state Democratic Party has given $77,858 worth of in-kind help to Sachs.
Incumbent Senators Bogdanoff and Sachs are running in the same district after new boundaries were drawn this year.