Alex Sink raises $1.3 million more for Florida special election

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2010 file photo, Alex Sink, speaks during a gubernatorial debate in Miami. Sink announced Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2-13 that she will move to Pinellas County and run for the congressional seat that had been held by U.S. Rep. Bill Young. Young died earlier this month. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter, File)
File: Alex Sink (AP Photo/J Pat Carter, File)

Former Florida chief financial officer Alex Sink (D) announced Thursday that she has raised $1.3 million since the start of 2014, putting her on a strong fundraising pace in a key special congressional election in Florida.

Sink's campaign said she had $970,000 cash on hand for the March 11 race, in which she faces Republican David Jolly for the seat in a swing district of the late Rep. Bill Young (R-Fla.).

Jolly's campaign hasn't announced its latest fundraising figures yet. Sink has dominated fundraising so far, pulling in $1.2 million in 2013 to Jolly's $400,000 -- a total that included $50,000 in loans from Jolly himself. But Jolly has gotten considerably more aid from outside groups.

A poll earlier this month showed Sink leading the race 42 percent to 35 percent.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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