Top Republican candidates for Florida governor face off in debate

Debate set for Thursday evening at state GOP forum


ORLANDO, Fla. – The two leading candidates for Florida's Republican gubernatorial nomination are facing off at a forum for state Republicans.

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis are meeting at the Sunshine Summit conference in Orlando Thursday evening. The debate will be televised nationally on Fox News.

President Donald Trump has endorsed DeSantis, but Putnam has raised more money and is leading in recent polls.

Gov. Rick Scott is stepping down from his post due to term limits.

Among the speakers at the two-day conference are conservative filmmaker and author Dinesh D'Souza, political consultant Dick Morris and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul.

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