Contributions to Democrat Kristen Carlson of Lakeland are more than double those of Republican opponent Ross Spano of Dover in the race for U.S. House, District 15, according to latest filings. A quick look:
- Carlson: $905,567 total, including $92,115 in personal contributions and loans; latest report includes $571k from individuals and $13k from PACs.
- Spano: $440,000 total, including $104,500 in personal loans; latest report includes $97k from individuals and $95k from PACs.
Republican incumbent Kelli Stargel is 12 points ahead of Democratic challenger Bob Doyel, a retired circuit judge, in the Florida Senate District 22 race, according to a survey conducted over the weekend by St. Pete Polls. The talley: Stargel 52%, Doyel 40%, Undecided 8%. A poll by the same organization four weeks prior pegged Stargel at a 48%-to-41% advantage | Poll results
Republican state Sen. Kelli Stargel says her race against Democratic challenger Bob Doyel is one of the toughest campaigns she’s run, especially at a time when the national political divide makes civil discourse difficult. She’s been endorsed by Sheriff Grady Judd, while Doyel was endorsed by former President Obama.
After defeating Neil Combee and three others in the Republican primary, congressional candidate Ross Spano of Dover has removed hard-right positions from his campaign website and inserted centrist, family-friendly positions as he approaches a general election against moderate Democrat Kristen Carlson.
Candidates for local, state and federal office introduced themselves and answered questions tonight at a forum at the city of Lakeland’s Coleman-Bush Building. Here is full video from the event, followed by some info on when the various groups of candidates took the stage and who showed up.
The leads held by Andrew Gillum over Ron DeSantis in the race for governor and Rick Scott over Bill Nelson in the race for U.S. Senate are within the margin of error in a poll conducted last week and released this morning by Florida Southern College’s Center for Polling and Policy Research | Detailed results
Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canady, a Lakeland native, was on President Trump’s original list of potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees. If Judge Brett Kavanaugh is knocked out of contention for the open seat on the high court, Trump could very well select the cerebral jurist who once represented Lakeland in the Florida House, The Times notes.