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Dockery Drops Out of Governor's Race

Sen. Paula Dockery, R-Lakeland


Tallahassee, FL – Republican state Senator Paula Dockery is ending her campaign for governor. With a new poll out this weekend showing her with three percent of the GOP vote, Dockery says she couldn't raise the money for a stronger showing. Margie Menzel reports.

Dockery said she's a fighter and hates to quit, but she is also a realist. And the reality is that a St. Petersburg Times/Miami Herald/Bay News 9 poll shows Attorney General Bill McCollum with 46 percent in the Republican primary and former health executive Rick Scott with 22 percent. Dockery says the barriers for her candidacy were financial.

"There was just no financial path to raise the kind of money, with my primary opponents," she said. "I mean, Rick Scott has said he would put up to $25 million in the primary, and Bill McCollum is the candidate of choice for the Republican establishment and there'll be a lot of money in that race, even if I were able to raise $4 or $5 million, it would pale by comparison, and there was no way I could even get to that amount."

Dockery said her reform message resonated with many voters, but ironically, she didn't have the cash to reach more of them.