Mucarsel-Powell raises over $3.5 million in first quarter in Florida Senate race

Florida State Senate candidate and former Representative Debbie Mucarsel Powell (D) said her campaign has raised more than $3.5 million in the first quarter of 2024 since the state’s recent Supreme Court ruling on abortion. , said it had attracted more than 5,000 new donors.

His campaign said Mucarsel Powell’s bid received nearly 90,000 donations during the quarter, with the average contribution amounting to $39. Mucarsel Powell is vying for the seat held by former Florida governor and U.S. Sen. Rick Scott (R).

The Hill first reported news of the fundraiser. The news comes after the Florida Supreme Court handed down two landmark decisions on abortion, thrusting Florida into the national spotlight ahead of the November general election.

One ruling upheld the state’s 15-week abortion ban and allowed the ban after six weeks of pregnancy to go into effect next month. Another ruling greenlighted a ballot measure that would protect abortion access in the state if passed in November.

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“It’s clear that Floridians are determined to protect their freedoms and hold Rick Scott accountable for redoubling his support for a near-total abortion ban with few exceptions for rape and incest. ,” said Kate Letzler Moore, Mucarsel Powell’s campaign manager. “Debbie will continue to travel the state speaking to voters across the political spectrum about the fight to protect our freedoms and opportunities from Rick Scott.”

Democrats in Florida and beyond weighed in on the state Supreme Court’s decision. President Biden’s reelection campaign released a memo earlier this month with the goal of flipping the state in November. Meanwhile, the Florida Democratic Party said it had “generated tens of thousands of dollars in benefits” in response to the ruling.

But the fight to win Florida, once considered a battleground state, will be uphill. The nonpartisan Cook Political Report rates Florida as “likely Republican” at the presidential and Senate levels.

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