The $11 million dollar Republican gubernatorial candidate, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, continues cruising the state on his campaign kick-off bus tour.
Putnam has raised a little over $11 million for his Florida Grown political committee the past couple of years, but if you subtract all of the expenses the committee has incurred, Putnam is only left with a measly $8.3 million.
Putnam started off in Bartow, then rolled into the Tampa Bay area, and is now trekking south before shooting north to the Jacksonville area.
Without a doubt, and as expected, Putnam is the frontrunner in the soon-to-be crowded GOP gubernatorial primary race.
But could potential primary challengers like Rep. Ron DeSantis, Sen. Jack Latvala, and Speaker Richard Corcoran, pose a threat to Putnam’s long-antipated gubernatorial run?
Even though Latvala has several million dollars stored away in his own political committee, I don’t think he has much of a chance of defeating Putnam, if he decide to challenge him.
Corcoran, who has championed the “less-government” cause during the 2017 legislative session, could have an outside chance against Putnam.
And then there is Rep. Ron DeSantis, who has a little over$2.5 million in federal campaign cash that could be converted into state campaign dollars.
While there hasn’t been any independent polling conducted in Florida’s Republican gubernatorial primary race, there could be private polling numbers out there that show Putnam besting DeSantis by only a 18-10 point margin.