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Florida House members heart Jeb Bush



From Patricia Mazzei:

The Jeb Bush campaign on Wednesday welcomed Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump to Florida by rolling out more endorsements from Florida House members.

The 21 new names mean Bush can now claim backing from more than half the House GOP caucus (looks like 42 of 81 members). He had already secured the backing of 20 of 26 Republican state senators (and from House speakers past and present).

Florida lawmakers began their annual session Tuesday. Trump will appear at a campaign rallyWednesday evening in Pensacola.

Bush's long list of endorsements hasn't pushed the former governor to the top of the polls, not even in Florida. His campaign, however, has continued to highlight the support as a sign of an expansive, national organization that it's leveraging to knock on doors in early balloting states ahead of primaries and caucuses.

Here's the list of the latest Bush endorsers, some of whom had already made their preference clear (on social media, for example):

Rep. Janet Adkins
Rep. Ben Albritton
Rep. Dennis Baxley
Rep. Doug Broxson
Rep. Bob Cortes
Rep. Fred Costello
Rep. Travis Cummings
Rep. Brad Drake
Rep. Eric Eisnaugle
Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen
Rep. Matt Gaetz
Rep. James Grant
Rep. Gayle Harrell
Rep. Larry Metz
Rep. Cary Pigman
Rep. David Santiago
Rep. Jimmie T. Smith
Rep. Chris Sprowls
Rep. Charlie Stone
Rep. Jay Trumbull
Rep. Ritch Workman

"Jeb Bush is a man of faith, grounded in conservative principles," Baxley said in a statement provided by the campaign. "He governed believing that our 2nd amendment rights must be defended and that every human life is sacred and worth protecting. Governor Bush will be a strong conservative President and I'm proud to support him."

[Last modified: Wednesday, January 13, 2016 1:53pm]


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