After months of vacillating, Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran still has not entered the race for governor, and it might be too late to mount an effective bid for the Republican nomination.

Corcoran has twice postponed planned announcements — first on April 16 and again next week. His poll numbers are dismal and his fund-raising has slowed to a trickle.

The consensus among Republican strategists and experts is that Corcoran still has time, but that by waiting this long, he has made his job a lot more difficult. The statewide primary election is Aug. 28.

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 Amid prolonged indecision, Corcoran sought to attract attention Thursday night with a Tweet promising a “big announcement.”

The speaker was in Washington late this week on a trip friends called a last-ditch attempt to attract high-dollar commitments for a race against two better-known and better-funded opponents, U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.   Corcoran was invited to participate in a debate with his two rivals in Orlando on Saturday if he was definitely going to run, but he is not scheduled to appear.

“He needs to stop this Hamlet business and make a decision,” said long-time Republican strategist Mac Stipanovich. “Richard has a steeper hill to climb and the sooner he begins to climb it, the better.”   Corcoran calls himself a fiscal conservative, but he has burned through $4.6 million of nearly $7 million collected by his political committee, Watchdog PAC.

That’s a huge sum for a non-candidate — and he has little to show for it.Corcoran has spent $345,000 on polling alone in payments to Tony Fabrizio over an eight-month period that began last August.   He spent about $2.4 million on a TV ad buy highlighting his opposition to so-called sanctuary cities. The commercial shows a bearded man in a hoodie stalking and aiming a handgun at the face of a young woman.

The ad’s violent images brought charges of race-baiting and did nothing to prop up Corcoran’s low poll numbers.

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