U.S. Rep. John Rutherford, a former three-term Jacksonville Sheriff and current first-term Congressman, endorsed Lt. Col. Michael Waltz in the competitive Republican primary in Florida’s 6th Congressional District Thursday.
Rutherford and Waltz share some of the same political advisors; the endorsement makes clear that they share a kindred ideological vision as well.
Currently, there are three candidates on the Republican side of the race to replace Ron DeSantis.
Ward, a Ponte Vedra businessman, is the cash leader with $709,340 on hand compared to $653,354 on hand for Waltz. However, Waltz is amassing more high-profile endorsements, including that of Rutherford, St. Johns Sheriff David Shoar, Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams, and Daytona Beach Police Chief Craig Capri.
One big endorsement awaits: DeSantis has yet to go public with a chosen successor.
Ward and Waltz thus far have demonstrated the most fundraising ability on the Republican side. Former state Rep. Fred Costello has $15,720 on hand.
One Democrat, in terms of fundraising, is in the Ward/Waltz neighborhood.
Nancy Soderberg, a former Ambassador to the United Nations under Bill Clinton, has $595,000 on hand. She is keeping pace with the Republicans, without spending her own money on the campaign so far.
Another Democrat, Stephen Sevigny, has $227,000 on hand.
The 6th Congressional District runs from St. Johns to Volusia counties. It is expected to be a competitive general election this year.
Originally posted in FloridaPolitics