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Local candidates are already raising campaign funds for the 2024 election cycle. Leon County Commissioner Brian Welch has raised $72,815 and City Commissioner Jack Porter has reported $23,620. Get the numbers for other candidates here.
There were 4 aggravated assaults, 4 aggravated batteries, and 6 auto thefts reported over the weekend. See the TPD incident report here.
A woman was hit by a vehicle and killed on the 2800 block of Apalachee Parkway on Friday. Tallahassee Police Department increased patrols in multiple areas around Tallahassee from January to May with the goal of reducing pedestrian and bicyclist crashes. No charges have yet been filed and the investigation is open and ongoing.
According to Sunshine State Battleground Polls, former President Donald Trump leads Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis 53-33. Most age groups prefer Trump by large margins, with DeSantis most competitive among voters 65 and older, where he trails 45 percent to 36 percent. No other candidates are remotely competitive: Mike Pence, Nikki Haley, Tim Scott, and Vivek Ramaswamy all register 2 percent support, with others even farther back.
Riley Gaines, the outspoken All-American collegiate swimmer who became known for speaking out against transgender athletes in women’s sports, has officially endorsed Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for president. “His leadership has been crucial in rooting out the radical ideology that’s really driving this insanity, and really bringing visibility to these cultural issues that affect the breakdown of families, the breakdown of faith, the breakdown of freedoms,” Gaines said.
Florida State softball held on to defeat the Washington Huskies 3-1 in the Women’s College World Series. They have advanced to the national semifinals and play tonight against Tennessee/Oklahoma State. This marks the Seminoles’ first-ever 2-0 start to the WCWS and fourth straight WCWS trip advancing to the national semifinals.
In the Gainesville college baseball regional, the UConn Huskies had a late surge and ended the FAMU Rattlers’ historic baseball season 9-6. The Rattlers got on board early, and ended the game with a total of four home runs. But the Huskies eventually came from behind and solidified their lead in late innings to send the Rattlers home.