Florida Five: Trump leads big in the Sunshine State, Bill creates Fla. Holocaust Memorial

Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips:

Trump Rubio BushTrump leads Florida thanks to Rubio, Bush split – A new poll of Florida Republicans shows Donald Trump the clear frontrunner in the Sunshine State. With 27 percent support of likely GOP voters, Trump leads his nearest rival, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., by 11 points. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is a distant fourth, tied with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, with 12 percent. Read more

Jack Latvala raises more than $172K in first 19 days of re-election campaign – When Jack Latvala isn’t pulling in a six-figure monthly haul for his political committee, it would appear he’s hard at work pulling in a six-figure monthly haul for his re-election campaign. Latvala’s campaign has pulled in $172,752 in the first 19 days it was in operation, and only spent $6,090, leaving his campaign account with $166,662 cash on-hand. Read more

Bill filed to create Florida Holocaust Memorial – Coral Springs Rep. Jared Moskowitz filed a bill Monday to create a Florida Holocaust Memorial at the state Capitol in Tallahassee. Moskowitz’s HB 513 would direct the Department of Management Services to receive recommendations from the Florida Historical Commission on where and how to build a memorial within the Capitol complex honoring the millions of victims of Nazi extermination and labor camps. Read more

More late-night maps: challengers submit two new Senate plans – There was another round of map making intrigue in the Legislature Monday as the redistricting challengers offered up two alternative maps on the eve of the House’s floor debate — this time proposing a fourth Hispanic seat in South Florida and an African American district contained solely in Hillsborough County. Read more

Ben Carson draws 1,500 at north Florida bookstore – More than 1,500 people in one of the biggest Democratic strongholds in Florida stood in line for more than an hour to meet the man who is suddenly leading the race for the Republican nomination for president. When retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson arrived in Tallahassee on Monday morning as part of a 13-city Florida book signing tour, he said the crowd only proved what he has known from the start of his campaign, which seemed such a longshot six months ago. Read more

ICYMI: Trump calls Wasserman Schultz: ‘crazy, neurotic, a terrible person,’ but he gave her props for THIS

Good news bonus: Florida restaurant combats local hunger with price-free menu

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