WASHINGTON (AP) _ Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has postponed from Wednesday a Washington fund-raiser that his supporters had hoped would mark President Bush's return to GOP fund raising.

Gov. Bush delayed the Washington event for his re-election campaign until next year due to the Florida Legislature's special session, campaign manager Karen Unger said.

He called the Legislature into special session to deal with a $1.3 billion state budget shortfall.

Bush's supporters had hoped his older brother, George W. Bush, would attend the event. That would have marked President Bush's first Republican fund-raiser since before the Sept. 11 attacks.

The governor has canceled more than a dozen fund-raisers since mid-September, first due to the terror attacks, then because of the Legislature's budget work, Unger said.

Bush hopes to become the first GOP governor to win a second term in Florida.

Recent polls show him leading the best-known Democratic candidate, former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, by more than a 2-to-1 margin.


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