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Kaine's rally at FSU likely to focus on guns



Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine arrives in Tallahassee today for a rally on the campus of Florida State University.

With less than two weeks until Election Day and early voting already going in Florida's capital city, Kaine is in town to energize voters in a county where the Hillary Clinton campaign should be able to shore up a significant number of votes.

In the last two elections, Leon County supported President Barack Obama with more than 60 percent of the vote. Already, Democrats are outpacing Republicans in early voting in the county with 20,812 Democrats casting ballots compared to 11,308 Republicans and 3,909 non-party and minor-party voters.

The stated goal of Friday's event: It's an "early vote rally." But Kaine will appear alongside former Democratic Congresswoman Gabby Giffords of Arizona and retired astronaut Mark Kelly, suggesting gun violence will take center stage.

Giffords and Kelly, who are married, started a political committee called Americans for Responsible Solutions after Giffords was severely injured at a mass shooting in Tucson. They have endorsed Clinton's campaign

But FSU has its own history with gun violence. In November 2014, a gunman opened fire at the campus's Strozier Library, injuring three people before he was killed by police.

The event is at Ogelsby Union on FSU's campus. Doors open at 11:45 a.m., and remarks begin at 1:45 pm.

[Last modified: Thursday, October 27, 2016 8:45pm]


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