Gov. Ron DeSantis campaigns at Florida Gateway College days before midterm elections

Dozens of republican supporters gathered in Columbia County.
Dozens of republican supporters gathered in Columbia County.(WCJB)
Published: Nov. 3, 2022 at 11:27 PM EDT
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LAKE CITY, Fla. (WCJB) -Gov. Ron DeSantis made a pit stop at Florida Gateway College to rally republican supporters.

North Central Florida Republicans Rep. Kat Cammack, Rep. Neil Dunn, and state Rep. Chuck Brannan also showed up.

“I’ve been republican ever since I was able to vote. I think we got good support behind him here in Columbia County and he can depend on us,” said supporter, Charles Tannachion.

Desantis’ slogan is “Keep Florida Free”. That’s one reason why supporters say they are on the governor’s side.

“Definitely got to stop this border problem,” said supporter Roy Mcfatter. “It’s way out of control.”

At the conference he spoke about pushing for border policies, banning vaccine mandates, and inflation. Some voters told TV20 why they also support his views on education.

“We’re very excited,” stated supporter Destiny Parrish. “We came out here to support Desantis because he actually just gave us a grant for $1.9 million to our college in our nursing program.”

According to Columbia County Supervisor of Election officials, as of today, more than 22,000 voters are registered as Republicans compared to about 12,000 Democratic voters.

This weekend, Desantis will be kicking off his “Don’t Tread on Florida” tour.

His democratic challenger Charlie Crist is now campaigning in Jacksonville as part of his “Choose Freedom” tour.

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