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Winter Haven state Rep. John Wood endorses Marco Rubio

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State Rep. John Wood, a Winter Haven Republican, endorsed U. S. Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida’s Republican junior senator, for president on Saturday.

A recent statewide Florida Southern College opinion poll showed Rubio running second to Donald Trump heading toward Florida’s March Presidential Primary.

In the South Carolina Republican Primary, Rubio made a strong showing.

Wood, chair of the Florida House Insurance and Banking Subcommittee and a staunch fiscal conservative, made his endorsement hours before the polls closed in South Carolina and before former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush ended his own presidential campaign.

Former Ledger of Lakeland columnist Bill Rufty is Central Florida political correspondent for SaintPetersBlog and Florida Politics. Rufty had been with the Ledger from 1985-2015, where, as political editor, he covered a wide range of beats, including local and state politics, the Lakeland City Commission, and the Florida Legislature. Ledger editor Lenore Devore said about Rufty’s 30-year career: “[He is] a man full of knowledge, a polling expert and a war history buff … who has a steel trap in his brain, remembering details most of us have long since forgotten.”

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