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Sapp is one of 10 Republicans vying for CD 3.

2020

Judson Sapp releases new ad in packed CD 3 primary

Sapp is one of 10 Republicans vying for CD 3.

Republican congressional candidate Judson Sapp is out with a new commercial in the race to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho in Florida’s 3rd Congressional District.

Versions of the ad, titled “stand” will air on TV and radio. The video ad opens by touting Sapp as a conservative, pro-life businessman who supports President Donald Trump.

It then transitions from scenes of Sapp with his family to clips of social unrest.

“Like you, Judson Sapp is tired of liberal political correctness and he’s had enough of rioters destroying small businesses, defacing property and assaulting our law enforcement,” the ad narrator says. “Judson Sapp will stand up to liberals, stop the lawlessness and support our President.”

The ad drops less than six weeks ahead of the Aug. 18 primary election, where Sapp will be one of 10 Republicans on the CD 3 ballot.

He’s up against Kat CammackRyan ChamberlinTodd ChaseBill EngelbrechtJoe Dallas MilladoGavin RollinsJames St. GeorgeDavid Theus and Amy Pope Wells.

Thus far, Sapp is near the top in fundraising with about $310,000 in the bank, though that figure includes candidate loans.

He’s also managed to land endorsements from several influential Republicans. The most recent nod came from state Rep. Jason Fischer. Other backers include U.S. Reps. Vern Buchanan and John Rutherford as well as former U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns, former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, Bradford County Sheriff Gordon Smith and Putnam County Sheriff Gator DeLoach.

What little polling has been done in the district also bodes well for Sapp. A recent internal poll commissioned by the Cammack campaign showed Sapp at 12% support followed by Cammack at 10%.

CD 3 covers Alachua, Bradford, Clay, Putnam and Union counties as well as part of Marion. It is a safe Republican seat.

The ad is below.

Written By

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.

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