Between the two Floridians among the GOP presidential race hopefuls, it appears, at least for now, Keys Republicans prefer Sen. Marco Rubio over former Gov. Jeb Bush.
According to Federal Election Commission filings, Rubio has raised $77,114 in the Keys, while Bush has raised $19,450 for their respective 2016 presidential campaigns as of June 30.
Most of Rubio’s contributions have come from the Upper Keys, such as Islamorada real estate agents Diane Chaplin-Colvard and Fred Colvard, who each donated $2,700 back on April 14.
Campaign contributions are capped at $2,700.
Those who also donated at the cap for Rubio include $2,700 from Ocean Reef Club sales associate John Curlett on May 19 and $2,700 from Marlin Capital founder and Chairman Warren Dedrick on April 20.
For Bush, donations include $2,700 from Key West resident and Florida Board of Education Vice Chairman John Padget on June 24, $2,700 from Chicago-based Prism Healthcare CEO David Shade on June 30 and $2,700 each from Robert Rich and Melinda Rich of Rich Products Corporation, a frozen food company with brands such as SeaPak and Carvel, on June 30.
By comparison, thought to be Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton has raised $24,700 in the Keys.
Debby Goodman, chairwoman of the Republican Executive Committee of the Republican Party of Monroe County, said she has seen members support several different GOP candidates, from Donald Trump to John Kasich.
“Right now, it’s to each his own,” Goodman said.
As far as campaign contributions, Goodman said she did not have any expectations of what the dollar figures would be in the Keys, but Rubio and Bush’s combined totals, almost $100,000, surprise her given the short amount of time.
“To me, that’s a pretty good amount of money for down here,” Goodman said.
Rubio formally announced his presidential bid April 13, while Bush, who served as governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007, followed on June 15.
Despite their Keys numbers, statewide, Bush has raised $3 million while Rubio has raised $1.9 million.