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Jax Daily Record Tuesday, Jan. 13, 201512:00 PM EST

Hutson adds $80,000 to coffers to replace Thrasher; Renner leads fundraising in race for House 24 seat


State Rep. Travis Hutson, R-Elkton, added $80,625 in campaign cash in December as he runs in a special election to replace former Sen. John Thrasher, a St. Augustine Republican who resigned in November to become president of Florida State University.

A finance report filed Monday shows that Hutson contributed $50,000 of the $80,625. In all, Hutson had raised $236,825 as of Dec. 31, according to the report.

In earlier months, Hutson had loaned $150,000 to the campaign account. He spent $224,906 in December, bringing his overall spending total to $288,460.

Hutson is competing with two other Republicans, including Rep. Ronald “Doc” Renuart, R-Ponte Vedra Beach, in a Jan. 27 primary in Senate District 6.

Updated finance amounts for Renuart had not been posted on the state Division of Elections website Monday evening. The third Republican candidate, Dennis McDonald, had not raised any money as of Dec. 31 but had loaned his campaign $6,300.

The winner of the primary will face Daytona Beach Democrat David Cox in the April 7 special general election.

Cox had raised a total of $150 as of Dec. 31. Senate District 6 includes St. Johns, Flagler and Putnam counties and part of Volusia County.

In another special election, Palm Coast Republican Paul Renner continued piling up campaign cash in state House District 24, collecting $61,875 during December, according to a newly filed finance report.

Renner, who is running in a Jan. 27 GOP primary, collected $138,375 as of Dec. 31. He had spent $111,026.

Renner is one of four candidates seeking to replace Hutson. House District 24 includes Flagler County and parts of St. Johns and Volusia counties. St. Augustine Republican Ron Sanchez, who is running against Renner in the primary, reported raising a total of $1,950 as of Dec. 31 and had loaned a total of $6,300 to the campaign.

Updated totals for another Republican candidate, Danielle Anderson, had not been posted on the state Division of Elections website late Monday afternoon.

The winner of the GOP primary will face St. Augustine Democrat Adam Morley in an April 7 special general election. Morley had raised $573 as of Dec. 31.

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