May 11, 2022 Updated 9:37 A.M. ET
TALLAHASSEE (FLV) – Fundraising totals for the month of April show that Gov. Ron DeSantis is continuing to blow out his Democrat opponents in campaign cash.
DeSantis raised a total of $10.4 million in April, bringing his massive political war chest to $105.4 million of on-hand cash. As an individual candidate since November, April was his biggest fundraising month.
His committee, Friends of Ron DeSantis, saw a strong month of $8.1 million raised, but last April was his strongest, raising around $14 million in April 2021.
No Democrat candidate for governor is close to DeSantis in fundraising.
U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, the Democrat frontrunner according to polls, raised a total of $1 million in April, less than one-tenth that of DeSantis. He has $5.9 million on-hand. His committee, Friends of Charlie Crist, saw a slight uptick compared to all months since May 2021, but still pales in comparison to DeSantis.
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried trails Crist in the polls and in fundraising, rounding out April with $433,000 raised. Fried has $3.8 million on-hand.
No poll for the Florida governor race has been released since February. Since then, DeSantis is leading the Democrat frontrunner, Crist, by 8.8 points. He fairs better against Fried, leading by 12.8 points.
The closest poll in a DeSantis vs Crist matchup was conducted by Susquehanna in August 2021, and it gave DeSantis only a 3 point lead, similar to the win margin of former President Donald Trump’s win margin in 2020. Since then, DeSantis’ lead has only increased, with the most recent University of Florida poll giving him a 21 point advantage over Crist.
The primaries in Florida will be held on August 23rd. The general election takes place Nov. 8th.
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