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Jeb Bush to make three appearances in the Sunshine State on Monday

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When all appears lost, there’s always home.

That seems to be the main reason why struggling presidential contender Jeb Bush is making three appearances in the state he governed for eight  years this coming Monday, even though the Sunshine State doesn’t vote until March 15, after the first four major states in the race: Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.

The “Jeb can fix it” tour, as it’s being dubbed, will commence in South Tampa at 10:30 a.m. at the Tampa Garden Club.

From there he crosses I-4 to appear at the Conductive Education Center of Orlando in Winter Park at 1 p.m.

He then completes the day of campaigning with a town hall meeting at Kaman Aerospace in Jacksonville at 4 p.m.

No presidential candidate from either party has made as many appearances this year in Florida, although Donald Trump has been particularly active here.

Next week we’ll bring about the appearance of Dr. Ben Carson, who will 15 different stops on a book tour, beginning on Monday in Penscola and ending Friday in Boca Raton.

Even if Bush doesn’t perform well in the first four states, he certainly has the money to last into mid-March. However, he’s no certainly to win his home state. All polls in recent months have Trump and Carson running a strong 1,2 here.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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