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Jeff Moran drops out, backs Ken Sukhia in CD 2

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Republican Jeff Moran dropped out of contention for the 2nd Congressional District primary to succeed U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham Thursday morning, and is throwing his support behind former U.S Attorney Ken Sukhia. Moran’s move cuts the four-way GOP candidate pool down to three, and helps Sukhia consolidate his support in the more populous eastern half of the sprawling eastern Panhandle district. Spending as much time on the campaign trail as I have, you get to know the other candidates pretty well. I’ve gotten to know…

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Super PAC emerges to support Matt Gaetz and Neal Dunn in Panhandle congressional races

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As far as Super PACs go, the one that is backing two Republicans in a pair of Panhandle congressional race has a nice enough name. It’s called “North Florida Neighbors.” How genteel. How stately. How very north Florida. North Florida Neighbors announced Friday that it is supporting conservative state Rep. Matt Gaetz in his bid for Florida’s 1st Congressional District, along with the previously announced support of conservative Panama City veteran, surgeon and businessman Neal Dunn in Florida’s Second Congressional District. Both congressional seats are open in 2016. Due to…

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Rick Scott’s makes almost-endorsement of Mary Thomas

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Gov. Rick Scott came about as a pol can get to endorsing another without pulling the trigger. At a private fundraiser hosted by the conservative Club for Growth, writes POLITICO Florida’s Matt Dixon, Scott singled out Thomas for special praise. “Mary came aboard with me right after I got elected back in 2010 and worked in my general counsel office, and to give her bragging rights, everything she touched, it worked,” Scott said, according to audio from the meeting provided to POLITICO Florida. “So…

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Gwen Graham releases video from Wakulla Springs workday

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U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham‘s ever-busy comms shop released a new video Monday reviewing the congresswoman’s recent trip to Wakulla Springs, an ecologically sensitive tourist attraction and environmental lynchpin for North Florida. Graham piloted a boat, took samples of the now-murky spring water, and spoke with local activists who are pushing for action to return the springs and surrounding waterways to their once pristine clarity. The first-term Democrat from Tallahassee decried the disappearance of glass-bottom boats in Wakulla, once a staple of the…

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Gwen Graham still hasn’t decided on political future

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North Florida Congresswoman Gwen Graham on Tuesday said she still has not decided whether to run again for her 2nd Congressional District seat. Graham, a Tallahassee Democrat, spoke with reporters after a constituent-services recognition event at City Hall. A recent Florida Supreme Court-ordered redistricting has made the district so strongly Republican that’s it’s unlikely Graham or any other Democrat could win the seat. The next election is in November. “There is, right now, a motion for an injunction that has been filed,” she…

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Neal Dunn announces $700K fundraising for first 2 quarters in CD 2 race

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Republican candidate Neal Dunn announced his campaign had netted over $700,000 for the first two quarters of fundraising in the race for Florida’s 2nd Congressional District. Dunn, a Panama City urologist, said his campaign raised more than $135,000 in contributions, with another $65,000 personally added to his campaign during the fourth quarter of 2015. Dunn faces political newcomer Mary Thomas for the seat held by first-term U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham. Thomas is a Tallahassee lawyer who worked in the Rick…

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Steve Southerland endorses Neal Dunn in CD 2

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Former U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland picked a side Monday and endorsed Republican candidate Neal Dunn, who is running for Southerland’s old CD2 seat in the Florida Panhandle. “I have examined the field thoroughly and feel strongly that Neal Dunn is the best conservative Republican candidate and is the only candidate I have endorsed for this race,” Sutherland said. “He and his wife, Leah, are conservative Christians with a long family history of military service and sacrifice.” The former congressman said the move was “not just…

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