Campaigning has been affected (crippled) because of the growing threat of COVID-19, but some campaigns are reporting that they are still on track in terms of moving forward.
This week, Casey Askar (R), a former U.S. Marine who is currently running in Florida’s 19th Congressional District race, announced that he has raised over $500,000 in the last eleven days. He estimates that around half of the donations have come from small donor donations.
Raising $500K is impressive for any candidate, but considering that it was solely raised during a statewide shut down from a spreading pandemic, this could speak to the viability of Askar's candidacy.
In a statement, Askar expressed that he is “so grateful for the overwhelming support we’ve received out the gate.”
He noted that “it’s clear that voters are craving a conservative outsider who will be committed to serving them, not political interests.”
However, he asserted that “more importantly than fundraising numbers… I want the people of southwest Florida to know I am thinking and praying for them during this pandemic, especially during Holy Week.”
Askar assured that “we will get through this together and when we do, I will be ready to stand with President Donald Trump to help build our economy back up as I have done with businesses across the country my entire career.”