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Vice President Mike Pence cancels vacation in Sanibel, Florida

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Vice President Mike Pence motorcade leaves Sanibel Island in June 2019.

Fort Myers News-Press

A planned visit by Vice President Mike Pence to Southwest Florida has been canceled.

Pence was expected to arrive Tuesday evening at Southwest Florida International Airport before heading to Sanibel and stay through Saturday. But a Federal Aviation Administration advisory was lifted, indicating the trip was off. 

The Washington Post reported that the trip was canceled so the vice president can remain in Washington while President Donald Trump challenges his apparent loss at the ballot box.

Vice President Mike Pence attending a morning service last year at Sanibel Community Church. (Photo: Gail Corbley)

WINK News is also reporting that Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno has confirmed that the trip has been canceled for an unknown reason.

Pence’s office has not commented on the trip or its cancellation. 

Pence and Sanibel: He likes mahi, cookies and vacations on Sanibel Island

Pence last visited in January. He made several trips to the island in 2019. The year before, he stayed for a week and celebrated Easter at Sanibel Community Church.

The trip would have come one week after Election Day. As of Tuesday, former Vice President Joe Biden was projected to have won 290 electoral votes to Trump’s 214 so far, according to the Associated Press, which has called the race for Biden.

A total of 270 is needed to win. A victor in Georgia, North Carolina and Alaska has not yet been declared.

Earlier this year: Mike Pence lands in SWFL ahead of weekend stay on Sanibel

And:Is Vice President Mike Pence headed to Sanibel?: Big clue says ‘yes’

Neither Trump nor Pence has conceded the race yet.

Pence tweeted Monday that he and Trump would “keep fighting until every legal vote is counted.”

Frank Gluck is a watchdog reporter with The News-Press and the Naples Daily News. Connect with him at [email protected] or on Twitter: @FrankGluck

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