Republican Adam Putnam began September with more than a 3-to-1 cash advantage over his nearest GOP rival in the 2018 Florida governor’s race and more than a 5-to-1 money edge over the leading announced Democrat, Gwen Graham.
•Between his main campaign account and his Florida Grown political committee, Agriculture Commissioner Putnam ended August with more than $13 million in cash on hand.
• State Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, who formally launched his campaign last month, ended August with just over $4 million in the bank, nearly all of it in his Florida Leadership Committee PAC.
• House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land-O’Lakes, says he won’t decide until next year whether to enter the race. In the meantime, his Watchdog PAC took in $1.1 million last month and began September with $3.7 million on hand.
• U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Palm Coast, is expected to announce his intentions in the fall. If he runs, a committee called Fund For Florida’s Future is expected to back him and has more than $1.4 million in the bank.
• On the Democratic side, former U.S. Rep. Graham has a combined $2.45 million on hand between her formal campaign and her Our Florida committee.
• Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, who has been considering the race, pumped another $66,000 into his All About Florida PAC last month, putting his personal stake above $2.6 million. The committee began September with nearly $4.7 million on hand.
• Winter Park businessman Chris King has nearly $1.7 million on hand between his campaign and his Rise And Lead Florida PAC.
• Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum began September with $604,975 in available cash between his campaign and his Forward Florida committee.