Tuesday, June 18, 2019
With the Florida gubernatorial contest getting increasingly acrimonious with six weeks to go, both sides launched new attacks ad on Tuesday. 
With five weeks to go until Floridians pick their next governor, the two top candidates are calling on each other to return donations. 
Persons announced on Tuesday that she will launch her bid on Feb. 25 with the support of state Sen. Lizbeth Benaquisto, R-Fort Myers, state House Majority Leader Dane Eagle, R-Cape Coral, and state Rep. Raymond Rodriguez, R-Estero.
First elected in 2014, Curbelo represents a swing district where Democrats have been gaining, especially in presidential elections.
O’Malley had run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016 but had been overshadowed by former U.S. Sec. of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. After getting squashed in Iowa, O’Malley dropped out of the race.
The poll of 815 likely Florida voters was taken from Sept. 24 through Sept. 27 and had a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percent. 
The Florida CFO race has been off stage in recent weeks with incumbent Jimmy Patronis assured of the Republican nomination and former state Sen. Jeremy Ring facing no opposition for the Democratic nomination. But the race is starting to heat up with both sides taking aim at each other in recent days. 
At an event in Orlando, Bill Herrle, the NFIB’s executive director in Florida, pointed to Patronis’ experience in the private sector as a reason his group was backing him for a full term.
Ron DeSantis quits on E-Verify, Florida school blasted for assignment including Parkland shooter, and school choice defeated Andrew Gillum, according to JMI.
Most Florida Democrats--53 percent--don’t know enough about O’Rourke to really have an opinion while 39 percent see him favorably and only 6 percent view him unfavorably.