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Former Florida congressmen mull bipartisan gubernatorial run: report

Former Florida congressmen mull bipartisan gubernatorial run: report
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Former Florida Reps. Patrick MurphyPatrick Erin MurphyThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Divided House on full display Mast fends off Democratic challenge to retain Florida House seat Supreme Court rules that large swath of Oklahoma belongs to Indian reservation MORE (D) and David Jolly (R) are mulling a bipartisan gubernatorial run, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

The move, which would feature Murphy running for governor as a Democrat with Jolly as lieutenant governor, reportedly depends on polling that was commissioned by Murphy this week. 

The two former Florida lawmakers both suffered elections losses in 2016, with Murphy losing a Senate bid to Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioHillicon Valley: Biden administration sanctions Russia for SolarWinds hack, election interference Senators reintroduce bill to block NATO withdrawal New US sanctions further chill Biden-Putin relations MORE (R) and Jolly losing to former Florida Gov. Charlie CristCharles (Charlie) Joseph CristUniversally panned '60 Minutes' hit piece on DeSantis just made him a 2024 frontrunner Biden clean electricity standard faces high hurdles House Democrats introduce carbon pricing measure MORE (D) in his reelection bid in the House. 

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Jolly and Murphy have fostered a friendship over the past year, and have traveled across the U.S. on their tour "Why Gridlock Rules Washington and How We Can Solve the Crisis."

Jolly frequently appears on cable news as a moderate Republican commentator. 

He has challenged the GOP on multiple occasions, recently arguing that Americans must flip the House to a Democratic majority if they want Congress to address gun control. 

“And so if this is the issue that defines your ideology as a voter, there are two things I would suggest tonight. First, flip the House. Flip the House,” Jolly said. “Republicans are not going to do a single thing after this shooting we saw today. But I would also offer to Democrats, work for incremental wins.”