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Florida's second most powerful Republican just passed on the governor's race

Corcoran

Wednesday marked the end of Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran's long-awaited campaign for governor. The campaign was all but announced, with millions spent on a bombastic TV ad, a political committee created, internal polls conducted.

At a morning press conference in Tallahassee, Corcoran endorsed Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam. Putnam, an establishment Republican, is now locked in a two-man primary race against U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, a favorite of Fox News hosts who was endorsed by President Donald Trump.

Corcoran told reporters Wednesday that he had re-evaluated and realized he did not "have the resources to win," adding that "it's important we rally around the right person to lead this state."

That person, Corcoran said, was Putnam, whom he called "authentic." He said their children have known each other a long time.

Corcoran said it took all of 2.2 seconds to endorse Putnam, adding that he was a "phenomenal leader."

That's a change in tone from the outgoing speaker, who in the past had blasted Putnam for supporting "amnesty" for undocumented immigrants.

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