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Did Nikki Fried fire first shot against Ron DeSantis in upcoming race for governor?

In this file photo, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried unveils a campaign aimed at encouraging residents to wear masks.
In this file photo, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried unveils a campaign aimed at encouraging residents to wear masks. (Florida Department of Agriculture)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In a possible prelude to Florida’s upcoming gubernatorial campaign, the state’s only Democrat holding statewide office is taking a shot at Gov. Ron DeSantis in a campaign-style video that casts the Republican as unempathetic amid a deadly pandemic and beholden to former President Donald Trump.

In her 1-minute video, Florida Agricultural Commissioner Nikki Fried did not do what many expect her to do sometime in the coming months: Announce a bid to challenge DeSantis for the governor’s mansion in next year’s election.

But even if she fell short of making an announcement on a bid, it set off more speculation and could accelerate the jockeying within a Democratic field considering a run against DeSantis.