Graham Beats Out Southerland In Third Quarter Fundraising

Oct 17, 2013

Florida Congressman Steve Southerland could be in for a tough reelection campaign in 2014 if fundraising numbers are any guide.

Third quarter figures show his Democratic challenger having out-raised him, and having more cash in the bank.

Both parties have identified Southerland as one of the most vulnerable Republican incumbents in Congress.  It’s the same position he was in during the 2012 election cycle when he defeated former Democratic state Senator Al Lawson.

This time around, the challenger is Gwen Graham, daughter of popular former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham. She managed to raise more than $450,000 in the 3rd quarter, almost twice as much as Southerland’s $250,000. Numbers show Graham is spending against that advantage, though -- there’s only a $10,000 difference between the cash that both candidates have on hand.

The most recent fundraising period goes from July first through September 30—just prior to the federal government shutdown.