Sean Hannity, Ron DeSantis set three Florida campaign stops for July 2
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Fox News host Sean Hannity, who was an early backer of DeSantis’ campaign to succeed term-limited Gov. Rick Scott, will be appearing alongside Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis on Monday at campaign events in Fort Myers, Tampa Bay and Pensacola.

In the morning from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Congressman DeSantis, a regular favorite guest for Fox News, will be with Hannity in Fort Myers at the Sanibel Harbour Marriot. In the afternoon from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., the two will be at the Marriot Waterside Tampa.

Then the two will link up with Republican U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz Monday evening for a rally in Pensacola. That event will kick off at 5:30 p.m. (CT) Monday at the New World Landing, 600 S Palafox St.

The two Congressmen, dubbed “absolute warriors” by President Donald Trump, have held several joint events this month. The two Congressmen tackled a doubleheader June 6 with rallies in Pensacola and Valparaiso, and then handled three in one day last weekend with stops in Ponte Vedra, Lake City and Ocala. Now they’re back again, but this time they’ll also be in the company of Hannity.

DeSantis faces Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam in the Republican primary, and at this stage of the race, Putnam is the clear front-runner.

A survey released by the Florida Chamber of Commerce a couple of weeks ago showed Putnam with a 32-15 lead among primary voters, and for those who weren’t convinced by that poll due to the Florida Chamber’s support of Putnam, an NBC News poll released earlier this week showed him with a similar lead.

Still, there’s plenty of undecideds on the board, and if DeSantis’ Ponte Vedra rally is any indication, he’ll continue ramping up his rhetoric against Putnam as his campaign gets into full swing.

Though DeSantis political future — the next couple years of it, at least — is staked on the outcome of the Aug. 28 primary, Gaetz is relatively safe.

He faces two challengers in the Republican primary for Florida’s 1st Congressional District and neither can hold a candle to him when it comes to fundraising or the amount of screen time he’s been able to grab on 24-hour news networks over the course of his first term.

One of the Democrats challenging him, Phillip Ehr, has broken the six-figure mark in fundraising, but CD 1 is among the most blue-wave-proof districts in the land — it voted 68-28 in favor of Trump two years ago.

Drew Wilson

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for Florida Politics. He is a former editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and business correspondent at The Hollywood Reporter. Wilson, a University of Florida alumnus, covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools and The Florida Current prior to joining Florida Politics.


  • Robin McKnight

    June 27, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    I am a diehard conservative, and have followed these two men for some time, Putnam since his days in DC, DeSantis since he went to DC. DeSantis does not know Florida on the state level. I am not sure he is doing a good job in DC, with his missed votes, voting to give illegals amnesty, and taking money from Soros. Biggest thing, Putnam knows Florida inside and out. The majority of our sheriffs are backing him along with many other endorsers. He is the true conservative. Contrary to what DeSantis says, he does agree with President Trump on a lot, and has said so. I am a Trump supporter 99% of the time, but he is 100% wrong on DeSantis. True, Putnam is not a yes man like DeSantis, and can think for himself. As Hannity is a Trump yes man (and I like Sean), no surprise he is supporting DeSantis. DeSantis should stay in Washington.

    • Mz Info

      June 30, 2018 at 1:11 pm

      Blah blah blabbity blah. All of the lame arguments a Putnam camper WOULD make.

      I’m sleeping. Really.

    • Grassroots Florida Native

      July 2, 2018 at 1:33 pm

      #FAKENEWS Putnam hasn’t done anything in politics the past 22 years. There’s a county he shares his name with, that’s the only reason you have some warm feeling for him. US Sugar has Putnam in their wallets and he will do nothing to stop illegals from spreading throughout Florida even more than they already have because he wants them here for his farms. Florida can’t handle the outrageous growth it has seen in recent years and needs a law enforcer like DeSantis to save it before it’s comepletely destroyed like California.

  • Mark Stettner

    June 28, 2018 at 2:08 am

    Would like to tickets for you and Sean Hannity please

  • Mz Info

    June 30, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    Desantis squashed Putnam in debate.

    He was fun to listen to, told good stories.

    Putnam sounded like a wind up toy politician, regurgitating all the nicely packaged pretty little things he knows we want to hear.

    Desantis is fierce, will get his hands dirty.

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