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‘Pissed off’ Philip Levine slams NRA, no-show Republicans after Jacksonville weekend carnage

According to the final poll of the Democratic race for governor, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine has faded with voters, down by 10 with a day left to go.

However, polls weren’t driving his itinerary for at least part of Monday.

In the wake of a weekend bookended by high-profile mass shootings after a high-school football game Friday night and a Madden video game tournament Sunday afternoon, Levine came to Jacksonville Monday — to rally the vote, and to (as likely nominee Gwen Graham did earlier in the day) talk gun law reform.

Levine used the front of the Jacksonville Landing, a time-ravaged, half-vacant riverfront mall built 30 years ago and made famous globally after the latter incident, as the backdrop as he addressed statewide and national media.

“To tell you that this is becoming way too regular an occurrence in Florida is an understatement,” a “pissed-off, infuriated” Levine said.

“What happened on Friday at Raines High School, what happened just behind me, what happened at Pulse nightclub, what happened at Marjory Stoneman Douglas … this continues to happen in Florida … the Gunshine State,” Levine added, with the “weakest gun safety laws in the nation.”

“The NRA, which stands for Not Responsible for Anything,” Levine said, “we’re going to make sure we defeat them.”

Levine was equally blunt regarding Republican candidates Adam Putnam and Ron DeSantis, who canceled Jacksonville appearances after the mass shooting Sunday, in which two people were killed and 11 wounded.

“Radical Ron,” said Levine, “stands with Donald Trump … sided up with the NRA, so the bottom line is we know where he stands.”

Levine noted Putnam “was in charge of concealed weapons permits,” a process that was “messed up.”

“Only two jobs the guy has: to make sure that people who get concealed weapons permits have great background checks that are thorough and to make sure our citrus industry continues to grow, and he messed that up,” Levine said.

Gwen Graham, Philip Levine, Jeff Greene, Chris King in Jacksonville following shooting

The shooting at the gamers’ tournament Sunday at Jacksonville Landing is being followed by four Democratic gubernatorial candidates — Gwen Graham, Philip Levine, Jeff Greene, and Chris King — heading to Jacksonville, in part to offer direct responses.

Graham, the former U.S. Representative from Tallahassee, and King, the businessman from Winter Park, added additional events to their schedule Monday to specifically address gun violence and the shooting that left two dead and 11 injured. Greene, the businessman from Palm Beach, released a new schedule of events late Sunday that includes a Jacksonville stop. Monday morning, Levine’s campaign announced a stop at Jacksonville University.

Graham, the front-runner in many polls for Tuesday’s Democratic gubernatorial primary, announced she’ll be appearing for a “community conversation” at Uptown Kitchen, 1303 Main St., at 9:30 a.m. Monday.

She also has a previously scheduled Jacksonville event at the Mary Singleton Senior Center at 11 a.m. Monday.

Levine, the former Miami Beach Mayor who also is a front-runner in many other polls, announced a 10:45 a.m. stop at the JU Davis College of Business to meet with supporters, volunteers, and organizers.

King, running fifth and essentially out of prospects of winning but saying he is determined to continue pushing his messages, announced he’ll hold a news conference with North Florida gun violence activists and faith leaders outside Jacksonville City Hall at noon Monday.

Greene released a schedule of several newly announced public appearances around the state Monday and Tuesday, including an ice cream social at the Oceanway Community Center in Jacksonville at 12:30 p.m. Monday.

They and the other Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, as well as Republican U.S. Senate candidate Gov. Rick Scott, Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam, Jacksonville-area leaders, and others all released statements Sunday.

Overkill? Ron DeSantis gets last-minute support via Donald Trump robocall

A new robocall is going out to Florida Republicans with “an important message from President Donald Trump.”

Trump weighed on the Republican primary for Governor early, and in June redoubled his support for U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis in his bid to topple the two-decade political career of Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and succeed term-limited Republican Gov. Rick Scott.

In the new call, Trump again makes his case for the Ponte Vedra Republican.

The call, possibly overkill, comes after recent polls of the Republican primary showing the third-term Congressman swamping Polk County’s favorite son by more than 20 points.


After introducing himself, Trump says “my friend, Ron DeSantis, is running for Governor of the great state of Florida.”

“I love Florida. I fully endorse Ron in tomorrow’s election. Ron is a strong, solid conservative. He stood with me to build the wall, which is under construction right now, fight crime and cut taxes — all things that we’re getting done, and all with Ron’s help,” Trump says in the recording.

“Ron is an Iraq War veteran who, like me, loves our military and is giving our troops the support and equipment they need to defend us … ,” the president continues.

“Remember, tomorrow is Election Day. Please get to the polls tomorrow to join me in supporting my friend Ron DeSantis for Governor. He will be absolutely outstanding. Thank you,” Trump concludes.

Since DeSantis officially announced his bid for Governor in January he has climbed in the polls despite running far behind Putnam in fundraising and campaign infrastructure.

Despite jabs from Putnam that DeSantis was running his campaign out of a TV studio in New York and digs on whether he understood the issues facing the Sunshine State, DeSantis was thrust far out front with Trump’s endorsement — which even saw the president stump for DeSantis with a Tampa campaign rally.

If DeSantis proves victorious on Tuesday, he’ll move on to the November general election, where he’ll be up against one of five Democrats vying to end the stranglehold the GOP has had on the Governor’s Mansion since Jeb Bush’s election in 1998.

If polling on the Democratic side of the race proves accurate, former Congresswoman Gwen Graham will take the nomination Tuesday night, though a resurgent Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine are still in the mix.

A recording of Trump’s call is below.

Here’s Gravis Marketing’s final poll of primaries for Florida governor

In a poll following a pretty consistent pattern through the past week, Gravis Marketing is finding that Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis and Democratic former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham appear headed for a Governor’s race showdown after Tuesday’s primaries.

DeSantis and Graham have topped several polls in the week heading into the last two days of voting, and Gravis is among them.

The Gravis Marketing poll, taken last Tuesday through Saturday, give DeSantis 39 percent, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam 27 percent, and Bob White and Bruce Nathan splitting another 10, with 23 percent still uncertain.

That poll was of 579 registered Republicans, and Gravis was citing a margin of error of 4.1 percent for Republican results.

In the same survey, Gravis also finds Graham with 26 percent of Democratic voter support; and the next three Democrats, Palm Beach businessman Jeff Greene, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum bunched, with 19, 18 and 16 percent respectively. Winter Park businessman Chris King trails the pack with 5 percent.

The only major difference in the most recent polls has been the order of Greene, Levine, and Gillum, and their relative strengths compared with each other.

The Gravis poll included 531 registered Democrats, with Gravis claiming a margin of error of 4.3 percent on Democrat results.

Gravis found a couple of other primary races bunched within the margins of error.

Former Circuit Judge Ashley Moody has an insignificant lead over state Rep. Frank White for the Republican Attorney General primary nomination. Moody drew 35 percent and White 32 percent, with 33 percent of those surveyed saying they were uncertain.

Former state Rep. Baxter Troutman, state Rep. Matt Caldwell, and state Sen. Denise Grimsley are even tighter in the Republican Florida Agriculture Commissioner primary. Troutman drew 19 percent, Caldwell 18, and Grimsley 17. Mike McAlister is not far behind with 13 percent.

Florida politicians react to the passing of John McCain

The family of U.S. Sen. John McCain, Arizona’s senior senator and the 2008 Republican nominee for president, announced his death after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Florida’s political leaders remembered the longtime Senate leader.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, elected in 2010, issued a statement mourning McCain.

“John McCain’s sacrifices to his country are immeasurable. With his passing today, America has lost more than a leader and more than a senator. We have lost a true American hero. As a colleague in the Senate and a friend, I drew personal inspiration from his leadership, intellect and moral courage. He set the standard for what we should expect from our soldiers and from our public servants of all levels. In this time of grief, I hope John’s family finds comfort in knowing that this extraordinary man touched countless lives, and his memory will continue to set the standard of leadership and moral resolve for future generations.”

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat elected to the Senate in 2000, called McCain a friend a hero.

“John McCain was my friend and one of my heroes. He devoted his life to duty, honor and country. He shall always be a role model for me.”

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who is running against Nelson this year, noted McCain’s military service.

“John McCain was a true American hero. As a Navy man myself, I’ve always had immense respect for Senator McCain. A lot of folks talk tough, but he was the real deal. From one Navy family to another, we extend our sincerest gratitude for his strength and perseverance. John will always be a beacon of hope and perseverance for America. He was a true fighter and fought every day for this country. We will miss him dearly but take comfort in knowing his legacy will live on forever.”

Former Gov. Jeb Bush, whose brother George W. defeated McCain in the Republican presidential primary in 2000, praised McCain’s lifetime of service.

“John McCain’s courageous and selfless lifetime of service is a profile in American exceptionalism. Prayers this evening for the Senator, Cindy and the entire McCain family.”

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi sent prayers to McCain’s family.

“US Senator John McCain was a war hero, a public servant and a great American. Our country is better for his service. My heart breaks, and my prayers are with Cindy, Meghan and the entire McCain family.”

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, a Republican candidate for governor, celebrated all stages of McCain’s service. “America lost one of her bravest defenders today. In a cockpit, an enemy prison, or the Senate chamber, John McCain fought for our nation’s values and freedoms, and sacrificed much in the journey. May God welcome him home and give comfort to his family.”

Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis remembered his interaction with McCain during the 2008 presidential campaign.

“Katie, Theo and I had the honor to meet Senator McCain during his 2008 campaign for President. My family appreciates his sacrifices for our country and pray for strength for the McCain Family.”

Former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, a Democratic candidate for governor, spoke of the relationship between McCain and her father, former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham. “Dad and @SenJohnMcCain formed a friendship serving together because John McCain was one of the rare statesman who could place public service before partisanship. He was a warrior and maverick all the way to the end. May he rest in peace.”

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, a Democratic candidate for governor, praised McCain’s character. “We’ve lost a truly courageous leader tonight. John McCain’s integrity and love for our country was boundless. He led with a passion and purpose that we all aspire to. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends this difficult evening.”

Chris King, another Democratic candidate, posted a classic photo of McCain being honored for his service by President Richard Nixon.

Former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, a Democratic candidate for governor, also remembered McCain. “His patriotism is beyond measure, his heroism beyond question, and his character is a role model for a life beautifully lived.”

Attorney General candidate Sean Shaw, a Democrat, also posted a picture of McCain with another president, former opponent Barack Obama.

Agriculture Commissioner candidate Baxter Troutman, a Republican, was among those mentioning McCain’s maverick reputation.

Chief Financial Officer candidate Jeremy Ring, a Democrat, called McCain a true patriot.

“So sad to hear of the passing of a true American Patriot and Hero . My prayers are with his family at this time as well as all the people he has touched throughout his eighty-one years. Senator McCain, THANK YOU for your service to the American people.”

Democratic U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, who as Florida’s Republican governor campaigned for McCain for president, remembered the senator.

“Tonight our country lost a true American hero. Honored to have called Senator McCain a friend. May God bless his loved ones during this time of loss.”

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, a Democrat, echoed the thoughts. “America loses a true patriot in Senator John McCain. Honor him with independent thinking, love of country.”

U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, a Republican, added his tribute to McCain. “John McCain was a true American patriot who sacrificed much for his country. He was a man of tremendous courage and will be missed.”

U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, a Republican, released the following statement: “I am saddened at the passing of a true American hero, Senator John McCain. Senator McCain was a devoted family man, a passionate leader, and a dedicated public servant. He always put his country first, and as such he leaves behind an impressive legacy of service and sacrifice. The Bilirakis family was fortunate to call him a friend for many years. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. May his memory be eternal!”

U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, a Democrat, also put out a statement: “”I was so incredibly saddened to hear the news of Senator John McCain’s passing. He was a classic Patriot and served our nation with honor and distinction. May his family find the peace that they need in this difficult time, and know that his legacy will forever endure. Throughout Senator McCain’s years of distinguished service, we all saw firsthand his integrity, humility, courage and grace. My thoughts and prayers are with his entire family. Senator McCain inspired a nation and will be dearly missed.”

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican, shared a picture of herself with McCain and a message for his family. “An American hero passed away but his legacy will endure. A fighter through and through, was a patriot and a true American hero. Dexter and I were proud to know him.”

U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, a Republican, said he felt honored to have served in Washington with McCain. “ was a true hero. Honored to have known him and served in Washington with him. Thinking of the McCain family and all who loved him tonight. Rest in peace Maverick.”

U.S. Rep. John Rutherford was among those celebrating McCain’s military contributions. “I am saddened by the passing of Senator John McCain and thank him for his service to our nation both in the Navy and in Congress. For decades, his dedication to his country, his family, and his principles have served as an example to us all.”

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, a Democrat, said he was incredibly saddened to hear of McCain’s death. “He embodied true patriotism and was a man of unflinching integrity, who went above and beyond the call of duty in service to our country. This is a profound loss for our nation.”

U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy, a Democrat, recalled a diplomatic trip the two lawmakers took together to Vietnam. “Patriot. Hero. Public Servant. Maverick. Senator McCain will be missed by this nation. As a Vietnamese refugee, I will treasure the memory of visiting Vietnam with talking about our deep and mutual love for America. Rest In Peace, Senator. Your legacy lives on.”

U.S. Rep. Darren Soto, a Democrat, simply thanked McCain for his candor. “Thank you for your service to our country, for your courage and for your candor!”

U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross, a Republican, said McCain exemplified the best of the United States. “Sen. John McCain dedicated his entire life to serving our nation. As a Navy Veteran, a war hero, and later through his service in Congress, he exemplified the best this country has to offer as a statesman. My prayers are with the McCain family during this difficult time.

U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, a Republican, issued a lengthy statement celebrating McCain’s life from the military to his Senate service. “Generations to come will benefit from his selfless dedication to duty and country.”

U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, a Democrat, simply passed along her regrets at the news.

Florida Senate President Joe Negron celebrated McCain’s military record. “We are keeping the McCain family in our prayers as they grieve this incredible loss. Senator McCain was an American hero who served the cause of freedom throughout his entire life. He endured suffering most of us cannot imagine. We are so grateful for his service and sacrifice.”

State Rep. Jason Fischer also made note of McCain’s naval record. “Fair winds and following seas, shipmate. We have the watch.”

State Rep. Shevrin Jones demonstrated the bipartisan affection for the senator, saying McCain “was an example of what courage, strength, and civility in the process looked like. Today, let us honor him for showing the world that it can be done. To a true American legend and hero, Rest In Peace.”

Miami Beach City Commissioner Kristen Rosen Gonzalez, a Democratic candidate for Congress in South Florida, released the following statement: “It is a sad day today for all Americans. I may not have always agreed with Sen. John McCain, but I always respected him. He was a true American hero who fought for what he believed in — both in war and in Washington — and was a true representative of his people, not special interests. He was a warrior, a statesman, a model for us all. His death Saturday can be mourned by both Republicans and Democrats because Sen. McCain wasn’t afraid to cross the aisle, or challenge his own party and its leaders, when he felt he had to. Twice, he refused to support GOP legislation to end the Affordable Healthcare Act. His example and his leadership will be missed.”

Jesse Phillips, Seminole County Republican state committeeman, mentioned McCain sometimes upset his base but always inspired respect. “Love him or hate him, the maverick embodied so much of what makes America great.”

Christian Whitfield, Jacksonville City Council candidate, honored McCain’s service record. “Elizabeth and I would like to send our condolences to the family and to our fellow and shipmate sleep in peace sir, we have the watch.”

Hawthorne Mayor Matt Surrency recalled a famous moment when McCain dismissed false theories about Obama even in the midst of the presidential race.

This story will be updated as more leaders release statements.

Florida leaders, national figures respond to Jacksonville Landing mass shooting

Florida elected officials and politicians, as well as politicians and celebrities outside the Sunshine State, are responding to reports of multiple people dead and injured after a mass shooting Sunday afternoon at Jacksonville Landing.

Ivanka Trump

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott

Gov. Rick Scott

Attorney General Pam Bondi

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson

U.S. Rep. John Rutherford

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson

Mayor Lenny Curry

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rep. Ron DeSantis





Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum

Gillum offered a statement later Sunday afternoon: “This gun violence epidemic must stop, and we simply cannot let this become the new normal. Too many lives are being snuffed out far too soon in everyday places like our high school football games, movie theaters, shopping malls, and public schools.”

“As long as we let this absurd status quo continue, in which the gun lobby controls our elected officials, this bloodshed will continue. I will lift the victims’ families up in prayer tonight, and as our next Governor, I will do everything in my power to finally pass the common sense gun safety laws we so badly need in the Sunshine State,” Gillum added.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Philip Levine

“I am horrified and I am furious. The shootings are too many to count — in our schools, neighborhoods and nightclubs. Our thoughts are with the victims, but we should all be outraged. Too many lives are destroyed, while leaders take no action. It’s time for new leaders.”

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham

“I am tired of hearing ‘when is enough going to be enough.’I am tired of hearing ‘thoughts and prayers’ from those who do nothing,” Graham said. “We need to end these mass shootings — and the only way to do that is to vote out the politicians complicit in this cycle of death.”

Alyssa Milano

This is a breaking story and will be updated as reactions come in.

Democratic candidates rally souls to the polls

The Sunday before an election means one thing in Florida Democratic Politics: Souls to the Polls, a traditional period near the end of early voting when voters can worship and participate in democracy in a single day.

As candidates for governor and Senate campaign in advance of the Tuesday primary, you might find a politician saying a prayer near you. More importantly, you can likely find them rallying voters in traditionally African-American church congregations to go straight from service to early voting locations.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum today will hit Souls to the Polls events all around South Florida. He will be at the Miramar Branch Library at noon, at New Hope Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale at 1:30, then in his hometown of Richmond Heights for a rally at The Bethel Church. He will be traveling for former HUD Secretary Julian Castro.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson will be in Orlando for Souls to the Polls events with Reps. Val Demings, an Orlando Democrat, and James Clyburn, House Assistant Democratic Leader. He will later join Puerto Rico Lt. Governor Kenneth McClintock for a roundtable in Lakeland.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Philip Levine continues his heavy campaigning in South Florida, reaching out to early voters at the Coral Gables Branch Library at 9 a.m., followed by a canvassing launch in Miami at 10 a.m. and another launch in Fort Lauderdale at 1 p.m., before he finally heads to a Souls to the Polls event with state Sen. Chris Smith at Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham will attend a Souls to the Polls event in East Tampa at St. John Cathedral’s Open Cafe. She plans to speak with Florence Gainer about the church’s job training programs as they head to the polls. And Graham’s father, former Gov. Bob Graham, will be doing a separate Souls to the Polls event in Broward County.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris King will visit four Central Florida churches today, Majestic Life Church in Orlando at 10:30 a.m., The Experience Christian Center in Orlando at 11 a.m., New Life Church in Orlando at 11:30 a.m., and Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Eatonville at 12:15 p.m. Then King heads to St. Petersburg, where he will address supporters and thank campaign volunteers at an event at the Iberian Rooster at 5:30 p.m.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer casts his vote for Gwen Graham

One of Florida’s top mayors officially cast his primary vote Saturday for former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham in the Democratic primary for Florida governor.

Buddy Dyer, Orlando’s mayor since 2003, appeared with Graham today at a rally in Orlando outside the Orange County Supervisor of Elections’ Kaley Street office. He then voted early himself.

“Together, we are going to restore Florida’s public schools, protect our environment and finally pass commonsense gun safety,” Graham said in a statement.

Graham’s campaign announced Dyer’s endorsement yesterday, when Dyer said Graham put particular effort into understanding the needs of the City Beautiful.

“Gwen Graham has spent her life bringing people together to solve problems,” Dyer said. “She has spent a tremendous amount of time here in Orlando over the last year, and she understands how the state of Florida can be a true partner to help Orlando grow into the future.”

Graham called Orlando a model city in the Sunshine State.

“Orlando is a real example of what Florida can be, a place with a growing economy, shared prosperity, and a community open to a diversity of ideas,” Graham said.

“Mayor Dyer has accomplished these goals by bringing together people from different perspectives, forcing compromise to solve problems, while at the same time never backing down from his progressive values. I am honored by his support and eager to work with him to move Florida forward.”

The endorsement also shows the strong support Graham has received so far from some of the biggest Democratic leaders along Florida’s I-4 corridor, an area that has become critical in winning statewide races.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn endorsed Graham earlier this month, and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman has publicly defended Graham in the face of primary attacks.

(Notably, Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry went another way, endorsing Andrew Gillum.)

Graham’s campaign hopes her edge with the endorsement from the state’s most notable mayors will move voters into her camp come Tuesday’s primary.

The support seems particularly impressive as the Democratic primary field this year includes two candidates with experience as mayors of major cities—former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and Tallahassee Mayor Gillum.

The most recent polls show Graham and Levine running neck and neck, with Gillum enjoying a surge in support in advance of Tuesday’s Democratic primary.

Former Puerto Rico Gov. Sila María Calderón Serra to join Philip Levine for Orlando tour

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Philip Levine is planning a whirlwind tour of Central Florida’s Puerto Rican communities with the isaland’s former Gov. Sila María Calderón Serra this weekend.

She endorsed Levine Friday in the Democratic gubernatorial primary election, his campaign announced.

That seal of approval adds to the endorsements Levine already has received from San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto and Ponce Mayor María “Mayita” Meléndez.

Calderón served as the eighth Governor of Puerto Rico from 2001 to 2005. Calderón also served as mayor of San Juan, and as Puerto Rico’s secretary of state.

On Saturday she will be joining Levine for three stops in Orlando and Kissimmee on Saturday evening, and one in Kissimmee Sunday morning.

“As a former governor myself, I was upset with the Trump administration’s handling of the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. In a moment of crisis, Mayor Levine demonstrated true leadership, putting together relief efforts immediately and working to support the people of San Juan, and all of Puerto Rico,” Calderón stated in a news release issued by the Levine campaign. “Floridians deserve a compassionate leader like Mayor Levine, with a clear track record of action and a reputation for standing up for those who cannot stand up for themselves. Puerto Ricans have an incredible opportunity to decide this governor’s election, It is important that we stand with Philip in the way he stood with us after Hurricane Maria.”

Levine is courting Central Florida’s robust Puerto Rican community heading toward Tuesday’s primary showdown with Gwen Graham, Andrew Gillum, Jeff Greene, and Chris King for the Democratic nomination to run for governor.

On Saturday, Levine and Calderón plan to start with a rally at 11331 Cypress Leaf Dr. at 4:15 p.m. They plan to join a Boricua vota caravana, a political parade, at the El Ponceño Restaurant in Kissimmee by 5:30, and then appear at an early voting center at the Kissimmee Civic Center by 6:30 p.m. On Sunday they will visit the Melao Bakery at 11:30 a.m.

“I’m honored to earn the support of Governor Calderón, a strong public servant who has stood up for what’s right, and has advocated for working people both while in office and after her tenure. As Governor, our state will stand with our Puerto Rican neighbors, strengthen our economic and cultural ties, and ensure that our state is accepting to those who came here after losing everything.”

Gubernatorial candidates making final primary vote push this weekend

With one last weekend to rally votes before the primary election on Tuesday, candidates for governor for both parties can be found in all corners of the state energizing their own coalition of supporters. Who’s campaigning near you?

Democratic candidate Gwen Graham will be at the Orange County Supervisor of Elections office with Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, who plans to formally endorse her at a rally with other local officials already on the Graham train before casting his early voting ballot. The event starts at 11 a.m. at the Kaley Street office. Then Graham heads to Se7en Bites Bake Shop for one of her signature workdays, spending a shift serving donuts and buttering up voters.

Republican candidate Adam Putnam will bring his bus tour to The Villages today at 9 a.m. at Brownwood Paddock Square, where he campaigns with Marion Sheriff Billy Woods, state Sen. Dennis Baxley and former state Rep. Marlene O’Toole. Then he rolls on to Sanford for a candidate meet-and-greet. The Seminole for Putnam event’s list of major guests includes former Senate President Mike Haridopolos, former Speaker Steve Crisafulli, Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma, Brevard Sheriff Wayne Ivey, state Sen. David Simmons and state Reps. Colleen Burton and Scott Plakon. The event starts at 1 p.m. at Venue 1902 at Preservation Hall. Putnam will conclude his nine-day bus tour this evening at the Hillsborough for Putnam Grassroots BBQ, which kicks off at 6 p.m. at M&B Products in Temple Terrace.

Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum will take his “Bring It Home” bus tour all over South Florida today, starting with an early voting event in Riviera Beach at 9 a.m., a West Palm Beach Century Village Meet & Greet at 2:30 p.m., Pompano Beach early voting at 4 p.m. and Lauderhill early voting at 5:15. The day reaches its climax when Gillum campaigns alongside Julian Castro, former HUD secretary under President Barack Obama, at a Miami Unidos por Gillum event kicking off at Cubaocho at 6:30 p.m. Gillum’s campaign also welcomes surrogate Angela Rye to the state. She headlines the “Be The Vote” forum at Edward Waters College, an event that kicks off at noon at Milne Auditorium.

Democratic candidate Philip Levine will also work South Florida early voting locations today, and will take time to meet with the South Florida AFL-CIO. He starts the day campaigning at the North Shore Branch Library early voting spot in Miami Beach at 8:45 a.m., meets with the union in Miami Springs at 9:30 a.m., stops by early voting locations in Coral Springs at 11 a.m. and Plantation at noon, launches a canvassing at the Sistrunk Office in Fort Lauderdale at 1 p.m., then hits early voting in West Palm Beach at 2 p.m.

Democratic candidate Chris King will be in Orlando conducting a “Get Out the Vote Day of Action.” The event runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Republican candidate Ron DeSantis has announced that on Monday, he will traverse the state with a “Turnout Tour,” launching in Jacksonville at 9a.m. at The Local, then heading to Tiffany’s Restaurant in Palm Harbor at 11 a.m., Three Fisherman Seafood Restaurant at 2 p.m. in North Fort Myers, Versailles Restaurant in Miami at 4 p.m., E.R. Bradley’s Saloon in West Palm Beach at 6 p.m. and finally the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in Daytona Beach at 8:30 p.m.

This story will be updated as candidates announce more public events.

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