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Bundled-up Florida lawmakers head to N.H. to stump for Bush



State Rep. Richard Corcoran of Land O'Lakes is one of five Florida House members in New Hampshire Thursday, traipsing through frigid New England in support of former Gov. Jeb Bush's struggling presidential campaign.

Joining Corcoran are three Republican House members from Miami-Dade: Reps. Jose Felix Diaz, Jose Oliva and Carlos Trujillo. Rep. Ray Rodrigues, R-Estero, also made the trip, Corcoran said. All five are expected in Tallahassee by Monday for Tuesday's start of the 2016 legislative session, and Diaz, Oliva, Trujillo and Rodrigues all have a campaign fund-raiser scheduled for Monday evening aas well. New Hampshire's legislative session opened Wednesday in Concord.

Corcoran joked that he had to scrounge through his closets before finding a winter coat "from about 1980" to keep warm in Manchester, the first stop of the day. Morning lows there were in the low 20s with a forecast high of 38 degrees on Thursday.

As the lawmakers descended on New Hampshire, the latest statewide poll showed Bush tied for fifth place with Ted Cruz in the crowded GOP field, each with 10 percent. The survey by Public Policy Polling has Donald Trump far ahead of the field with 29 percen, and Marco Rubio in second place with 15 percent.

[Last modified: Thursday, January 7, 2016 10:06am]


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