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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.

Written By

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at

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