Putnam comes to Palm Beach County amid signs of tightening GOP primary race with DeSantis

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam campaigning for governor in Riviera Beach last year. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam — given up for dead by some Republicans after primary foe Ron DeSantis snagged the endorsement of President Donald Trump — will make a Palm Beach County appearance this evening amid some recent polling numbers that suggest the race for the GOP gubernatorial nomination is tightening.

Putnam and Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera are scheduled to appear at a 6 p.m. rally at Yesteryear Village at the South Florida Fairgrounds.

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A Florida Atlantic University poll released Tuesday shows Putnam and DeSantis in a virtual tie among Republican primary voters — 32 percent for DeSantis and 31 percent for Putnam in a survey with a 6.5 percent margin of error.

A SurveyUSA poll last week found similar results, with DeSantis holding a 40-to-38 percent lead in a sampling that had a 5.2 percent margin of error.

When Putnam campaigned in Bradenton on Tuesday, Sarasota Herald-Tribune Politics Editor Zac Anderson reports he blasted DeSantis for his ties to the president.

“You can’t afford to have a governor who calls the White House every morning and says ‘What are we going to do today boss?’” Putnam said during a breakfast event at Theresa’s Restaurant. “No, if you want to help our president make America great the third-largest state has to be hitting on all cylinders.”