With some Tampa Bay’ers breaking ranks, Eric Eisnaugle has all but locked up Speaker’s race

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The race to be Speaker of the Florida House in 2020-21 is essentially over.

Central Florida state Representative Eric Eisnaugle has won enough pledges from incoming and/or likely members of the House Republican caucus that he has locked up the race, says several knowledgeable sources familiar with the leadership race, including Republican legislators.

Eisnaugle’s position was already in a strong position after Tuesday’s primary elections, when his allies in House District 40 and 74 won their elections, although those pick-ups weren’t enough for Eisnaugle to declare victory.

What’s changed is the defection of two presumed supporters of Chris Sprowls, Eisnaugle’s leading rival for the Speakership. Those two defections have broken the back of Sprowls’ candidacy.

Additionally, the incoming and/or likely members of the House from the Miami-Dade region have also moved into Eisnaugle’s column.

This news could not happen at a more inconvenient time for Sprowls, who is getting married today.

Eisnaugle is an Orlando attorney who graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School and served the first time in the Florida House from 2008 to 2012. He resigned to avoid running against fellow Republican Precourt after redistricting placed them in the same district.

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