Florida Family Action holds GOP presidential straw poll next week

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Florida’s presidential primary election doesn’t take place until March, but as the nation’s largest swing state, it’s never too early to begin handicapping the candidates.

That’s the attitude apparently at John Stemberger‘s Florida Family Action group. It announced Wednesday that it will host an analysis/straw poll of the GOP candidates next week in Maitland.

Among the panelists discussing the candidates will be Umatilla Republican state Sen. Alan Hays, national Tea Party leader Karin Hoffman from Fort Lauderdale, and Kurt Kelly, a former GOP state representative who lost out to Blaise Ingoglia to be Republican Party of Florida chairman.

The event takes place 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Venue on the Lake, also known the Maitland Civic Center, 641 S. Maitland Ave. in Maitland. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Mitch Perry

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served five years as political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. Mitch also was assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley and is a San Francisco native who has lived in Tampa since 2000. Mitch can be reached at [email protected].


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