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One Republican Florida governor candidate expected at forum in West Palm Beach

Posted at 5:47 AM, Apr 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-30 05:47:34-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Only one of Florida's leading Republican candidates for governor is expected to appear at a major public interest club's discussion.

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is expected to attend Monday's candidate discussion at the Forum Club in West Palm Beach.

His main announced rival in the August primary, U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, is missing the event, citing a scheduling conflict. State House Speaker Richard Corcoran is also expected to enter the GOP primary but hasn't announced.

The candidates are vying to replace Gov. Rick Scott, who cannot seek re-election because of term limits.

Democratic candidates include former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and Orlando-area businessman Chris King.

WPTV anchor Michael Williams will host the forum.