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Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Ron DeSantis helps unload a truck filled with supplies for those affected by Hurricane Michael.
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Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Ron DeSantis was in Jacksonville Wednesday morning for a Hurricane Michael supply drive that was originally billed as a veteran round table campaign event.

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On Friday First Coast Connect was live from Derby on Park in Five Points to kick off WJCT’s Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall Block Party. Stop by Friday to hear the music playing.      

Longtime Jacksonville Political Strategist Susie Wiles Takes Over Desantis Campaign

Sep 28, 2018
Jacksonville Daily Record

On her way Thursday morning to meet with the Ron DeSantis gubernatorial campaign in Orlando, Republican strategist Susie Wiles said she was ready to dive in a day after the former North Florida congressman asked her to join.

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With six weeks left before the gubernatorial election, Florida’s major candidates and their parties have been accusing each other of anti-Semitism.

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Democrat Andrew Gillum has a slight lead over Republican Ron DeSantis in the upcoming Florida gubernatorial election while Sen. Bill Nelson and Gov. Rick Scott are neck and neck in the Senate race, according to a new poll of likely voters from the Public Opinion Research Lab at the University of North Florida.

Our First Coast Connect Friday Media Roundtable with guest host A.G Gancarski Our panelists were Florida Times-Union reporter David Bauerlein, WJCT contributor Fred Matthews, Folio Weekly Editor Claire Goforth and Jacksonville Daily Record reporter David Cawton (00:58).  

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DeSantis Resigns From Congress To Focus On Governor's Race

Sep 10, 2018
Via News Service of Florida

With the general election less than two months away, Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis resigned Monday from Congress to concentrate on his campaign against Democrat Andrew Gillum.

Our Friday Media Roundtable on First Coast Connect featured Andrew Pantazi of the Florida Times Union, blogger Fred Matthews, A.G. Gancarski from Florida Politics and Jacksonville Daily Record reporter David Cawton.

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Co-hosts Melissa Ross and Tom Hudson spoke about Tuesday’s Florida primary elections and what to expect as we head to November with Diane Roberts, author, professor and columnist at Flamingo Magazine and contributor at NPR, and Republican strategist Rick Wilson, author of the New York Times bestseller Everything Trump Touches Dies.  

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Wednesday on  First Coast Connect we spoke with Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski about the results of the Florida Primary Election including wins by Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis in the race for Governor (01:16).   

Trump Support Propels DeSantis In Governor's Race

Aug 17, 2018
Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

This is one of a series of profiles on the major candidates for Florida governor that we're running through the Aug. 28 primary election. 

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry is endorsing Congressman Ron DeSantis, R-Palm Coast, for governor.

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said Monday evening he will not step down from his position to be Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis’ running mate.

Via News Service of Florida

Thursday on First Coast Connect we heard a review of Wednesday night’s GOP governor’s race debate with Director of Jacksonville University’s Public Policy Institute Rick Mullaney and FSCJ Political Science professor Daniel Cronrath (01:28).

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