Crist, who held three of Florida’s highest elected state offices when he was still a Republican, and then switched to being a Democrat during the Obama years, was supported by 54 percent of the 800 Florida Democrats polled by GBAO. State Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried was second, with 28 percent. State Sen. Annette Taddeo, who ran as Crist’s lieutenant governor in 2014 when he was beaten by incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott, was a distant third, with 7 percent. The rest were undecided.

Fried, Crist Committees Spend On Ads As Florida Primary Nears

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nikki Fried’s political committee raised nearly $240,000 from July 30 through Aug. 5, while spending more than $800,000 on expenses such as advertising, according to a newly filed finance report.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nikki Fried’s political committee raised nearly $240,000 from July 30 through Aug. 5, while spending more than $800,000 on expenses such as advertising, according to a newly filed finance report.

The Florida Consumers First committee raised $239,615 during the week, with most of the money coming in $100,000 contributions from Coral Gables health-care executive Mike Fernandez and the political committee Her Bold Move Action-Florida.

Florida Consumers First spent $803,297 during the period, including paying $282,018 to Massachusetts-based Wildfire Mail for “direct mail marketing” and $250,000 to Georgia-based Canal Partners Media for advertising.

Fried’s committee had about $379,000 in cash on hand as of Aug. 5, as she competes in the Aug. 23 gubernatorial primary against Charlie Crist.

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The political committee Friends of Charlie Crist raised $68,113 from July 30 through Aug. 5, while spending about $1.565 million, according to a new finance report.

The committee had about $1.77 million on hand as of Aug. 5. Its expenditures during the week included about $690,000 to Washington, D.C.-based GMMB, Inc. for advertising buys and about $541,000 to the California-based firm Ambrosino, Muir, Hansen & Crounse, or AMHC, for direct mail.

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