Broxson widens money lead in Senate race

In a primary contest for an open Northwest Florida Senate seat, State Rep. Doug Broxson, R-Gulf Breeze, continued increasing his financial edge in May over Rep. Mike Hill, R-Pensacola Beach.
Broxson raised $30,700 in May, bringing his overall contribution total to $218,921, according to a newly filed finance report. Broxson had about $165,000 in cash on hand as of May 31.

Hill, meanwhile, raised $13,335 last month, bringing his overall total to $84,447. He had about $21,000 in available cash as of May 31, the reports show.

Broxson and Hill are running in Senate District 1 to try to succeed Sen. Greg Evers, a Baker Republican running for Congress. District 1, which is a Republican stronghold, includes Escambia, Santa Rosa and part of Okaloosa counties. Candidates face a Friday night deadline for filing updated reports showing finance activity through May.