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Ron DeSantis admits GOP faithful are ‘demoralized, depressed and dejected’ at D.C. Republicans

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If Republican primary politics are all about reaching out to the conservative base, then on paper, Jacksonville-area U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis should be a strong contender as the GOP Senate nominee in 2016. The Sunshine State native (who grew up in the quaint Pinellas County town of Dunedin) has only been in elected office for three years, having won a congressional seat in Florida’s 6th District in 2012, but his profile has been growing statewide since he became the first Republican to announce…

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Four GOP U.S. Senate candidates make their cases at Florida GOP meeting in Tampa

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The four Republican candidates attempting to succeed Marco Rubio as the next Senator from Florida convened together for the first time on Saturday morning in Tampa. The four men – Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera, Congressmen David Jolly and Ron DeSantis, and former military veteran and CIA officer Todd Wilcox – are so little known that 86 percent of Floridians told Quinnpiac pollsters last week that they couldn’t form an opinion on any of them because of lack of knowledge about them. However, they literally have…

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Club for Growth PAC calls on donors to help out Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio & 3 other candidates

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The Club for Growth — the D.C.-based conservative advocacy group focused on cutting taxes and other economic issues — is for the first time in its 16-year history calling on its members to donate to a presidential campaign. But they’re not being exclusive, announcing that there are five of the 17 candidates in the GOP presidential race that they will bundle campaign contributions for — Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Scott Walker. The news was first reported…

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David Jolly strikes back at conservative critics

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Though there is no clear early favorite in the Republican race for U.S. Senate next year in Florida, Pinellas County U.S. Rep. David Jolly has broken through enough to top some recent polls. Being based in the Tampa Bay area is also a plus going into next year’s primary, as it’s home to roughly a quarter of the state’s GOP voting bloc. And while his record is solidly conservative, he’s certainly no Tea Partier, and wouldn’t have been elected in last year’s special…

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Mitch Perry Report for 7.21.15 — Bill McCollum isn’t seriously thinking of running for Senate. Is he?

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I was going to opine on John Kasich entering the GOP presidential contest this morning, but let’s get to that tomorrow. Instead, let’s talk about the Florida U.S. Senate race, now that David Jolly is officially in the race, along with U.S. Ron DeSantis, Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera and retired CIA contractor Todd Wilcox. Lately the conventional wisdom from at least two Florida political reporters/analysts is that with such a relatively unknown field, former Central Florida U.S. Rep. Bill McCollum could be viable if…

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David Jolly reacts to conservative criticism of his record

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A close observation of Pinellas County Congressman David Jolly‘s record in the House indicates that despite the occasional pragmatic vote (he does represent a moderate district in Congress after all), nobody would accuse him of being a liberal. Well, almost no one. Today the Club for Growth, an economic conservative political group, came out with a statement blasting the newest entrant into the GOP Senate 2016 race, with their president, David McIntosh calling Jolly, “a big-spending liberal and former lobbyist who…

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David Jolly reacts to conservative criticism of his record

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A close observation of Pinellas County Congressman David Jolly’s record in the House indicates that despite the occasional pragmatic vote (he does represent a moderate district in Congress after all), nobody would accuse him of being a liberal. Well, almost no one. Today the Club for Growth, an economic conservative political group, came out with a statement blasting the newest entrant into the GOP Senate 2016 race, with their president, David McIntosh calling Jolly, “a big-spending liberal and former lobbyist who…

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