John Morgan is a wealthy trial attorney who has developed major name identification throughout Florida with his extensive television advertising. It has been presumed that he would enter the Democratic gubernatorial primary next year, but Mr. Morgan announced yesterday that he will not. He further went onto say that if he does run for office in the future it would most likely be as an Independent and not a Democrat.
The decision still leaves former US Rep. Gwen Graham (D-Tallahassee), Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum as the three leading Democratic candidates. The open Florida Governor’s race will be one of the most important such contests in the country because of the position’s significant redistricting power and that Florida hosts so many close election campaigns. GOP Gov. Rick Scott is ineligible to seek a third term, but is expected to announce a Senate run after the first of next year.
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