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Debbie Wasserman Schultz likely thought she was going to coast into reelection.
Her opponent, professor Tim Canova, has managed to raise more than $550,000 mainly from small donations averaging less than $20, according to The Hill.
“Our campaign has been met with incredible enthusiasm,” Canvova said in an official statement. “There is an intense desire in South Florida, as there is around the country, to end politics as usual and elect a representative who will put the people first, not big Wall Street banks and giant companies.”
It’s the first primary challenge the Florida representative has faced since she was elected to office in 2004.
Curiously, Obama strayed from his general position of not endorsing a candidate during primaries to lend his support to Wasserman Schultz, according to The Hill.
President Obama took the rare step last week of endorsing Wasserman Schultz ahead of that primary election, a notable decision by the president to wade into party politics.
But numbers released by Canova’s campaign implicitly suggested that move may have helped his fundraising — almost $100,000 of his donations came in the last four days of the quarter, after Obama’s endorsement.
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