Florida agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, left, and U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis.
The candidates are fighting to be Florida’s Republican candidate for Governor will have to fight more than just control and immigration proposals.
You are the framing of Florida as a 2020-a test-tube, which could challenger the strength of a potential trump card-message.
“What we see is, forces coming from the left to kidnap in Florida our policy,” agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam says. “And it’s not because our schools, it is not because they are about our business climate, it’s because you Turnpike about how much traffic there is on the Florida. It is because the choice of Florida as a proxy fight for the war against the White house in 2020.”
Putnam and Congressman Ron DeSantis vying to be Florida’s fourth Republican Governor in a row, following Jeb Bush, Charlie Crist (who became a Democrat after leaving office), and Rick Scott.
The early frontrunner is Putnam, who leads DeSantis 32 percent to 17 percent, according to a Fox News poll of the state GOP is likely primary voters.
But 39 percent say they are still undecided, and 46 percent say they might change their minds between now and the August 28 primary.
President Trump’s job approval rating is a strong 86 percent among likely GOP primary voters, according to the Fox News poll.
Florida is, because 20.1 percent of the population is 65 years of age or older – the highest percentage in the country.
“You want a place where you can pull back and the government off your back,” Florida GOP President Blaise Ingoglia says.
DeSantis, a Navy veteran, has never been wide office campaigned for the country. But that does not mean that he was a stranger to Floridians to keep tabs on what is happening in Washington.
“I earn my salary,” DeSantis said. “We are holding – trying to keep, the Peter Strozks and [James] are drawn Comeys accountability.”
The system high-profile investigations, DeSantis earned a shout-out of the world’s most powerful twitter account.
“Congressman Ron DeSantis is a brilliant young leader, Yale and then Harvard Law, who would be a Great Governor of Florida. He loves our country and is a true FIGHTER!” President Trump tweeted at the end of 2017.
DeSantis, believes the President of the support gives him a big boost.
“As Governor of Florida, you are going to have a relationship with the White house,” DeSantis says. “[If] we have a hurricane, [if] we help, you need to call the President directly, he will call me.”
Putnam supports President Trump as well, but doubt DeSantis can win with his DC connections.
“This is a Florida-based races,” Putnam says. “Washington is not going to get it done, and dialing in a gubernatorial election campaign from out-of-state, long-distance, is not to get it done.”
Ultimately, this race, the result may be a ripple effect felt far from Tallahassee.
“As Florida Ingoglia, the party Chairman, goes, the nation goes,” says. “We are in a swing state, we’re an important state, and I would like to that we have the policy in the state of Florida for the rest of the nation.”
Peter Doocy is currently a Washington, DC-based correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC). He joined the network in 2009 as a General assignment reporter based in New York office.