Democrat Kristen Carlson, a Lakeland lawyer, has raised $249,722 in her bid to replace Dennis Ross in the District 15 U.S. House seat. The only other candidate collecting more than $200,000 was Democratic rival Andrew Learned of Valrico, who has raised $223,218.

Carlson started collecting donations in May; her warchest includes about $75,000 in candidate loans and contributions. Learned started collecting donations about a year ago; his warchest includes $2,000 in candidate contributions.

On the Republican side, candidates collecting more than $100,000 are state Rep. Ross Spano of Dover, whose $157,068 includes $45,000 in loans, and former state Rep. Neil Combee of Polk City, whose $128,000 includes no loans.

Democratic and Republican primaries are Aug. 28; the winner in each will face off on the Nov. 6 general election ballot.

To learn more: Florida Politics | Federal Elections Commission reports

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