By 5 p.m. today, less than 48 hours after announcing her race for the Pinellas County District 13 congressional seat, Alex Sink had already raised more than $116,000 for a campaign political experts say will run into the millions.
The Web site for ActBlue, an online fundraising tool for Democratic candidates, is reporting that 1,088 donors have given $116,762 to the campaign for Sink, the best known contender in what many say will be one of the most competitive congressional races in the country.
Sink is running for the seat left vacant when 43-year veteran Congressman C. W. Bill Young, a Republican from Indian Shores, died earlier this month. Days prior to his death, he had announced he was retiring at the end of his term in 2014, setting off extensive speculation as to who would run for his seat.
Democrats hoping switching the seat from Republican to Demcoratic will help them win back a majority in Congress.
Republicans are still waiting to find out who their candidates will be. Currently, Sink's only competition is another Democrat, Jessica Ehrlich, who ran against Young in 2012 and started her campaign months before Young passed away. Last quarter, Ehrlich raised about $109,000. The Democratic establishment embraced Sink before she even announced her campaign.
The special election to fill Young's seat for the remainder of his term will have a primary on January 14 of and a general election on March 11, 2014.