Ron DeSantis Announces Governor's Run

Central Florida Congressman Ron DeSantis has become the latest candidate to enter the 2018 Florida Governor's race, running on the Republican side of the ticket.

DeSantis made his announcement Friday morning on the TV show "Fox and Friends."

The congressman, whose district includes Flagler County and parts of Volusia and Sumter counties, was first elected in 2012.

He has been a strong ally of Donald Trump, and even got Trump's endorsement in the weeks before he made his formal announcement.

DeSantis joins a field where the current front-runner is Agriculture Secretary Adam Putnam.

Richard Corcoran, known best as a Florida House Speaker, looks to be making a run for governor on the GOP ticket, as well; and had been considered an early favorite alongside Putnam. 

Things could now lead to a three-way race with an uncertain outcome on the GOP side.

On the Democratic side of the ticket are multiple contenders, including former Florida Congresswoman Gwen Graham,  former Miami Beach mayor Phillip Levine and Central Florida businessman Chris King.

Graham may emerge as the front-runner since she has positive name-recognition going for her. 

She is the daughter of Bob Graham, who is arguably one of the most popular recent governors of Florida.

The current governor, Rick Scott, is term-limited and can't run again.


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