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Fundraising for Republicans hoping to oust Murphy lags behind other successful challengers

by George Bennett | February 3rd, 2014

The combined 2013 fundraising of GOP candidates (from left) Domino, Andel, Schlesigner and Turnquest was about one-fifth of Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy's total.

With $116,938 from contributors and another $279,527 of his own money invested in his congressional bid as of Dec. 31, former state Rep. Carl Domino is the top money-raiser among Republicans who have filed for the Palm Beach-Treasure Coast District 18 seat of U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter.

Murphy raised $2.6 million through Dec. 31, which may make him the top Democratic money-raiser in the House this year.

Even setting aside Murphy’s prodigious fundraising, the money raised by Domino and other Republican candidates in District 18 should set off warning bells for the GOP in a race the party has billed as a top national priority. Recent history shows Domino and the GOP field are lagging behind the fundraising of other challengers who unseated congressional incumbents in Palm Beach County districts.

Since 2006, five members of Palm Beach County’s congressional delegation have lost their seats — Republican Reps. Clay Shaw and Mark Foley in 2006 (Foley resigned before the election, but his name remained on the ballot), Democratic Rep. Tim Mahoney in 2008, Democratic Rep. Ron Klein in 2010 and Republican Rep. Allen West in 2012.

In each of those cases, the winning challenger had raised more money from contributors by Dec. 31 of the year before the election than Domino has raised. Even when his substantial personal contribution is added in, Domino lags behind four of the five successful challengers in total fundraising.

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