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DeSantis to hold Newsmax town hall

DeSantis to hold Newsmax town hall
© getty: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R)

Newsmax announced Monday that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisFormer Fla. Gov calls for an investigation into the state's 'outsized role' in the Jan. 6 riot The Hill's Morning Report - ObamaCare here to stay Florida pardons residents fined or arrested for mask violations MORE (R) will hold a town hall on the channel later this week.

The live event is scheduled for Wednesday at 6 p.m. and will include Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerDeSantis to hold Newsmax town hall Biden's poor TV ratings against Trump is exactly what this administration wants Overnight Health Care: CDC director calls on Michigan to 'close things down' amid surge in cases | Regeneron says antibody therapy prevents COVID-19 infections MORE and Lyndsay Keith, co-anchors of “Spicer and Co.” The town hall will be held at the retirement community known as “The Villages.”

DeSantis, a prominent conservative and a potential 2024 presidential candidate, is slated to discuss topics such as seniors, vaccines, government lockdowns, big tech and religious liberty, Newsmax said.

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The Hill has reached out to Newsmax to inquire about the number of people who will be in attendance and whether the audience would be ideologically diverse.

The Florida governor has had mixed encounters with the media this year. Local journalists complained last week after being kept out of a signing event for a new state election law. Fox News, however, was able to air footage of the signing ceremony.

About a month earlier, DeSantis got into an extended fight with CBS’s news magazine show “60 Minutes” over a story that alleged favoritism in Florida’s vaccine distribution efforts.

DeSantis won the governorship in 2018 by less than half a percentage point. A survey by Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy published about two months ago showed DeSantis with an approval rating of 53 percent among Florida voters.

Since then, Rep. Charlie CristCharles (Charlie) Joseph CristFormer Fla. Gov calls for an investigation into the state's 'outsized role' in the Jan. 6 riot Florida GOP candidate threatens opponent with Russian-Ukrainian 'hit squad' in leaked call: report Florida congressional candidate says opponents conspiring to kill her MORE (D), who once served as governor of the Sunshine State as a Republican, has said he will be entering the race for the governor’s mansion next year. A Victory Insights poll last week found DeSantis leading Crist 53 percent to 47 percent in a hypothetical matchup.

Updated at 4:52 p.m.