David Jolly to announce U.S. Senate run as early as Monday, July 20

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U.S. Rep. David Jolly will announce that he is running for the United States Senate on Monday, July 20, according to advisers close to him.

In keeping with Jolly’s buttoned-down style, the Pinellas Republican’s announcement will be a “low-key” event rather than a major press conference. A location has yet to be determined.

“Congressman Jolly is seriously considering a U.S. Senate run, and is moving towards a decision and announcement early next week,” said Sarah Bascom, a spokeswoman for Jolly’s campaign.

Florida Politics has also learned that Jolly has received commitments from his previous major donors to his House campaign for a prospective Senate run. This would include GOP powerhouses Mel Sembler, Bill Edwards, Jim McDougald, and Jim Holton.

Fundraisers for the campaigns, both announced and planned, for U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera and U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller had been asking Jolly’s camp to release these and other donors.

The Florida Supreme Court ruled that the Legislature must redraw the district for being out of compliance with the Fair Districts constitutional amendments. The court ruled that eight districts in all must be redistricted, including the CD 14 currently held by Democrat Kathy Castor — which should have a direct impact on Jolly’s CD 13 seat.

In its ruling, the court wrote that the trial court that initially heard the case and rejected the challenge to the way Districts 13 and 14 were drawn in 2012 “erred” when it said that it could not conclude “that the decision to incorporate portions of South St. Petersburg into District 14 was done with the intent to benefit the Republican Party or the incumbent member of Congress.”

Reporting from Mitch Perry contributed to this post.

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