Friday, November 13, 2015

Meet the Republican super fans at Friday's Orlando Sunshine Summit

Posted By on Fri, Nov 13, 2015 at 7:30 PM

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The Republican presidential candidates converged at the Sunshine Summit in Orlando on Friday to convince Florida's GOP voters to pretty please pick them to be the Republican candidate for president. While their speeches were interesting, the candidates were predictable (OK, maybe except Donald Trump). 

Most supporters at the Rosen Shingle Creek hotel were dressed in dull, formal attire, but there were those few heroes of the night who could not help but express their love of everything conservative through fashion. Dominique Spadavecchia and Kelley Treon, above, were seen carrying around the face of Florida's Lieutenant Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera. 

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Karen Lee, of Rockledge, wears her 2004 George W. Bush re-election boot whenever she can. However, she says she's still undecided on who to pick for the 2016 presidential election, as you can see from her hat. Her top five picks are U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Dr. Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. 

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Nancy Freeman, of Ave Maria, is pretty much decided on U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz. Her least favorite candidate is U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham because he's weak on issues and has a terrible rating on

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This woman ran off before we could get her name, but says she loves Rubio. 

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Draped in an American flag, Kim Newlin, of Miami, says he hasn't decided on a candidate yet, but likes Trump, Carson and Cruz. He's hoping some candidates will drop out by spring so he can make a choice. 

Attendees were flocking to The Republican Marketplace to purchase all the GOP paraphernalia they could get their hands on.

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The store's bumper stickers, all about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, were selling like hot cakes. The store owner, who did not want to give his name, said he used to have a website for his store, but it was shut down by hackers. 
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