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Latvala fundraising getting closer to half-million mark

One challenger, a third-party candidate, has about $2,800 in the bank.

Another Republican contender hasn’t yet posted a single dollar in campaign fundraising.

But incumbent state Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, is still amassing a sizeable campaign war chest.

May campaign finance records now online show Latvala raising $4,575 for a total of $426,635. He spent $15,383 that same month, for $136,459 in expenditures overall.

Libertarian candidate Tony Caso reported taking in $50 in May, for a $3,735 total. He’s taken a $1,000 loan and spent $1,964 altogether.

Zahid Roy, a Republican, has filed reporting waivers since last March. His online file with the state shows no fundraising or expenses.