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Richard Corcoran expected to pass up run for governor, endorse Putnam

If all goes according to plan, Wednesday will to bring an end to Corcoran's quasi-campaign.

After weeks of speculation and millions raised and spent, Wednesday is expected to bring the end of Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran's unannounced campaign for governor.

Although he never officially joined the race, the Land O' Lakes Republican has been running a quasi-campaign for months with an explosive TV ad released in January, an immigration debate held in February with Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum and even an endorsement from U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz in April. He also traveled the state with Gov. Rick Scott after the legislative session ended, touting the year's achievements.

But in a surprise twist, he is expected to announce his endorsement of Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam, whom Corcoran has criticized in the past for his "amnesty" immigration policies. Putnam served in the U.S. House from 2001 to 2010, where he cosponsored bills to grant temporary work visas to certain undocumented immigrants and "blue cards" to undocumented farm workers.

Putnam's campaign put out a press release scheduling a "campaign announcement" Wednesday morning in Tallahassee.

Reached Tuesday evening by text message, Corcoran did not dispute that he is no longer running for governor.

This news leaves the Republican primary as a two-man race between Putnam and U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, who was endorsed by Trump and is a favorite of Fox News.

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