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Vice President Mike Pence Postpones Campaign Stops In Sarasota, Lake Wales

Jun 27, 2020

Updated: Saturday June 27

Vice President Mike Pence has called off campaign events in Florida and Arizona for this coming week as the states experience a surge in new coronavirus cases.

The White House says Pence will still travel to those states to meet with their governors and health teams. Florida and Arizona have set records for new confirmed infections in recent days.

The Republican Party of Sarasota on Saturday announced that Pence's plan to hold a "Faith in America" tour stop in Sarasota on Thursday has been postponed. A stop in Lake Wales also had been planned.

The announcement on the group's Facebook says the event will be rescheduled and comes as the state of Florida announced nearly 10,000 new positive cases of COVID-19 in a single day. 

Pence is still traveling to Dallas on Sunday to attend a “Celebrate Freedom Rally” at First Baptist Church Dallas before meeting with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. But political events in Arizona on Tuesday and Florida on Thursday have been pushed off.

Here is the original story announcing the tour:

Vice President Mike Pence will be back in Florida to campaign next week.

With Florida a crucial state in the 2020 presidential election, Pence will bring his “Faith in America” tour to an 11:30 a.m. July 2 appearance at the Sarasota Event Center, according to an announcement Thursday by President Donald Trump’s campaign.

Tickets are being distributed online on a first-come, first-served basis, with a limit of two tickets per mobile number.

The organization America First Policies, which supports Trump, also announced that Pence is slated to appear at 2:30 p.m. July 2 at Oakley Transport, Inc., in Lake Wales.

Pence made trips to Florida in May, including joining Trump and Gov. Ron DeSantis to watch the SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft launch on May 30 at Cape Canaveral.