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The church gathering was a campaign event intended to boost the candidacy of Ron DeSantis, Florida’s Republican candidate for governor, but it wasn’t long before the television cameras turned to a rally outside on the street supporting Mr. DeSantis’s Democratic opponent, Andrew Gillum.

Sweating through their union T-shirts on a 90-degree day, the protesters in Kissimmee bore placards reading “Ron DeSastre’’ — a play on words targeted to that city’s large Hispanic population, aiming to highlight what they viewed as Mr. DeSantis’s disastrous record on health care.

Ron DeSantis Reboots in Close Florida Governor’s Race, After Early Stumble

Mr. DeSantis had strong support from President Trump, but initial missteps left him trailing his Democratic opponent. Now he is on the attack, seeking momentum.


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