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Neal Dunn nabs endorsement of three state GOP lawmakers

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Republican candidate Neal Dunn nabbed the endorsement today of three state GOP lawmakers in his bid for Florida’s 2nd Congressional District.

Florida House state Reps. Dennis Baxley of Ocala, Jay Trumbull from Panama City and Elizabeth Porter of Lake City announced their support of the Dunn for Congress campaign. Dunn, a Panama City urologist, faces Mary Thomas, a former general counsel in the administration of Gov. Rick Scott, in the Republican primary for the seat currently held by first-term Democrat Gwen Graham.

“As a physician, Neal Dunn has been a leader in conservative healthcare policy here in Florida,” Baxley said in a statement. “No one is better prepared to help lead the repeal of Obamacare than Neal. I am happy to lend him my support.”

“Neal is an advocate for issues that matter to Floridians, including supporting our military, growing our economy and repealing Obamacare,” Trumbull added. “He is the conservative voice District 2 needs in Congress, and I am proud to support his campaign.”

“I am happy to join with my fellow Republican House members in endorsing Neal Dunn in his campaign for Congressional District 2,” Porter continued. “As a leader in his community, Neal has proven his dedication and commitment to our area, and I know that North Florida will be in good hands with Dr. Dunn.”

In thanking the three lawmakers, Dunn vowed to “advocate for a conservative agenda on issues that matter most to our community, including helping to strengthen our economy, grow our workforce, support our military and repeal Obamacare.”

Baxley, Trumbull and Porter join other high-profile Republican leaders, including former Speaker Allan Bense, former Senate President Don Gaetz and former Speaker Will Weatherford, who have endorsed Dunn.

Additional details on the Neal Dunn campaign are at

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