State Rep Enters GOP Primary

Ron DeSantis is a likely gubernatorial candidate.

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Ally Mutnick
Jan. 2, 2018, 11:09 a.m.

State Rep. Fred Costello (R) is entering the race for Rep. Ron DeSantis’ seat (R). “Costello finished a distant second to … DeSantis in the 2016 primary, with 24 percent of the vote; however, with DeSantis essentially running for Governor at this point, Costello will join a field that includes” businessman John Ward (R). Other candidates—including former Green Beret Michael Waltz (R), St. Johns County Commissioner Jimmy Johns (R), and 2016 candidate Brandon Patty (R)—“are taking hard looks at the race; if that field shakes out with six candidates, a hard 24 percent could be competitive.” (Florida Politics)


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