Too early? 2018 Florida governor’s race is well underway

Some of the actual or potential 2018 candidates for Florida governor. Top, from left: Republican Richard Corcoran, Democrats Andrew Gillum, Gwen Graham, Chris King. Bottom, from left: Republican Jack Latvala, Democrat Philip Levine, Republican Adam Putnam, Democrat John Morgan.

With primaries still 15 months away and the general election 17 months off in a state that has a history of upending early conventional wisdom, most Florida voters haven’t begun to focus on the 2018 governor’s race.

But the campaign is well underway.

With Republican Gov. Rick Scott facing term limits, nine Republicans and six Democrats — most of them political unknowns — have formally opened campaigns. A Libertarian and two no-party candidates have also filed 2018 paperwork with the Florida Division of Elections. And more potential candidates are giving the race a look.

Click here to read an early preview of the Republican and Democratic primary fields.

 

Author: George Bennett

George Bennett has been a Palm Beach Post reporter since 1992. He grew up in Bethesda, Md. and is a graduate of The George Washington University. Follow him on Twitter @gbennettpost

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