The 13th Congressional District is seen by many observers as "solidly Republican," and that is not belied by the latest campaign finance reports filed by incumbent Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, and Democratic challenger James T. Golden.
Reports, which were due today to the Federal Elections Commission, show that as of Sept. 30, Buchanan had outspent Golden by a more than 10-to-1 margin -- to be precise, $925,977.07 spent by Buchanan vs. $90,288.59 spent by Golden.
The margin is even larger when you look at how much cash the respective candidates have on hand heading into the final month of the campaign.
Buchanan reported almost $1.17 million in cash on hand.
Golden had just under $9,500 in the bank.
Buchanan added to his cushion by collecting more than $118,000 in contributions between July 1 and Sept. 30.
During the same period, Golden raised more than $24,000 in contributions.
For more details on Buchanan's campaign finance reports, go here.
For Golden's reports, go here.