18 months before Florida's Gubernatorial Election and more than a dozen candidates have either announced their candidacy or are being seriously talked about. Either way, the money race is heating up before the actual race for Governor even begins.
Bye-bye Governor Rick Scott, hello Governor Putnam, or Governor Richard Corcoran, or how about Governor John Morgan -- and here's a guy you've never heard of: Daniel Zutler.
He ran for president in 2016. Now he's running for governor of Florida, using the Donald Trump model.
"At this point of all the lawyers and all the politicians and career people haven't gotten it right , what the hell do you really got to lose," Zutler says.
And the list of candidates is growing fast. Orlando businessman Chris King just put out an online ad announcing his candidacy this week.
Most of these guys have nothing showing in their account right now.
We looked at the campaign finance records. So far eleven candidates have opened up active accounts.
The one with the most money: A Broward County minister who's raised $16 hundred dollars...mostly his own money.
The big money is coming from the usual suspects.
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam hasn't announced he's running yet, but records show he's raised $9.4 million.
So he's running for something.
Why are people throwing those name out this early?
USF Political Science Professor Dr. Susan MacManus says it's never too early.
"There's going to be a lot of candidates and these people are not well know. State wide and it's never too soon to arrange your network and of course raising money," she says.
And if you think 2018 is early. There are already two dozen candidates collecting money for 2020. And in political fundraising, money never sleeps.