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Cinnamon rolls and Matt Caldwell: Clay County hosts breakfast for candidate

State Rep. Matt Caldwell, the Republican nominee for Agriculture Commissioner, will feed and be feted by a collection of Clay County Republicans Friday morning.

Caldwell, a Republican from Fort Myers, will address the group at Orange Park’s “Grumpy’s Restaurant” at 8 a.m.

A list of Republican notables will be on hand, including Clay County Commissioners Mike CellaGayward Hendry, and Gavin Rollins.

Caldwell is in what appears, at least in polling, to be a close race with Democrat Nikki Fried.

Recent polling shows Fried up two points on Caldwell (inside the margin of error); however, there is evidence that Caldwell (or forces aligned with him) are testing messaging in the Jacksonville market.

Cawton covers government for the Jacksonville Daily Record.

Caldwell has challenged Fried to a “contest of ideas” in debates; however, as often seems to happen, the candidates can’t seem to agree on debate moderators or scheduling.

Though Fried held a cash on hand lead soon after the primary, the money edge proved ephemeral.

Caldwell’s coffers brim with new lucre (over a million dollars since the primary), and Fried’s fundraising has stalled.

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A.G. Gancarski has been a working journalist for over two decades. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at a.g.gancarski@gmail.com.

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