The Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce hosted their virtual political ‘Hob Nob’ event and ended with a straw poll that included Florida’s 13th Congressional race. Overwhelmingly, the pick for voters was Amanda Makki, Republican primary candidate. Amanda Makki received 23% of the vote, while her opponents trailed far behind ranging from 8-0%.
“The Tampa Bay Chamber provides a wonderful opportunity to talk with voters from all over Pinellas County, and some who run businesses here too. Floridians trust President Trump to get our post COVID-19 economy up and running and to have Members of Congress like me who will stand for our President’s agenda. I am excited to have won the straw poll and to be one step closer to winning the Republican Primary and retiring Charlie Crist in November. I will be a strong ally for President Trump in Congress,” said Makki.
As the Republican frontrunner candidate for Florida’s 13th Congressional District, Amanda Makki has received the endorsements from esteemed military veterans including Representative Lt. General Jack Bergman, the highest-ranking combat Veteran ever to serve in Congress, Senator Joni Ernst, the first female combat Veteran ever elected to the United States Senate, Congressmen Michael Waltz (Lt. Colonel), Congressman Neal Dunn (Major), and combat Veteran Robert O’Neill of the elite Navy SEAL Team 6.
In addition, she is endorsed by House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, Republican Whip Steve Scalise, Health Care Ranking Member and Physician Michael Burgess, as well as Florida Congressional Representatives John Rutherford and Neal Dunn. Locally, Amanda has the support of Seminole City Councilor Thom Barnhorn, Belleair Beach Mayor Joseph Manzo and Treasure Island Commissioner Tyler Payne. She was named to the National Republican Campaign Committee’s Young Guns program as one of the top “Contender” candidates.
Additionally, Amanda has received over 25 major endorsements including The American Conservative Union, the Conservative groups FreedomWorks, Republican Main Street Partnership PAC, and Maverick PAC as well as groups supporting the strongest female candidates in the U.S. including VIEW PAC, Maggie’s List, and Rep. Elise Stefanik’s E‐PAC, that helps female GOP candidates. She is also supported by the American College of Emergency Physicians and Associated Builders & Contractors Florida Gulf Coast Chapter.