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DeSantis to oppose New York candidate Lee Zeldin ahead of Election Day

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (right) is expected to replace Republican New York gubernatorial candidate Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) before Election Day, according to reports.

Reports have the popular Florida governor set to show up on Long Island over the weekend in support of Zeldin, attending a “Get Out the Vote” rally in Suffolk County on Saturday night.

Notably, DeSantis was scheduled to attend a fundraiser for the Governor’s Hope in August, but canceled at the last minute to attend a memorial service for a deceased Florida officer, Special Agent Jose Perez:

During an appearance on Fox News this week, DeSantis expressed optimism for the Empire State, saying “we can elect, I think we will elect a Republican Governor Lee Zeldin.”

DeSantis’ appearance comes on the heels of Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul (D) suggesting she is in fact “the underdog” in the race:

Additionally, the Democrat made waves this week after urging parents to remask their toddlers to protect against RSV, saying they “are more socialized about wearing a mask anyway.”

“What we’re saying, parents, you know, other kids, you have kids in school, in preschool and you have a baby at home, you might really want to take those extra precautions.” , said the Democrat.

“And now kids are more socialized to the idea of ​​wearing a mask. It’s not as strange to them, it’s not like, ‘What is all this?’ There are a lot of cute masks out there, I’ve seen a lot of them. So that’s something I encourage all parents to consider for their children at this time,” she added, ignoring concerns about the effects of masking on child development:

Recent polls show Zeldin closing the gap in the race. A recent survey even shows the Republican leading the Democratic governor.


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