It's looking like House Speaker Richard Corcoran in 17-18
We're hearing from a top Miami Republican lawmaker that Miami-Dade's Republican delegation, the biggest in the state, voted as a bloc to make Rep. Richard Corcoran House Speaker in 2017-18. Though he's a Suncoast guy, Corcoran had big Miami bonafides: He was the chief of staff to Miami's only House Speaker, Marco Rubio, the current U.S. senator and Republican star.
Corcoran's biggest opponent in the race, Rep. Ben Albritton, is calling fellow Republican House members to tell them he's out of the race and that Corcoran's the guy.
Earlier today, Rep. Matt Gaetz was taking detailed notes in committee in what looked like a vote sheet count (we didn't ask). So he's still probably in the race. But he was number-three behind Albritton (number 2) and Corcoran (who had the most votes). Technically, the race ain't over till it's over (insert lifetime-in-politics cliche here). You're technically not House Speaker until the delegation chooses you.
But from what the lawmakers and consultocracy are telling us, Corcoran is well on his way to succeeded Chris Dorworth who will succeed Will Weatherford who will succeed current House Speaker Dean Cannon.