GOP candidate's original contest post shot down by Facebook
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -
A contest to give away a semi-automatic rifle is still on despite the original post being taken down by Facebook.
Greg Evers, who's running in the Republican primary for the open seat in Florida's 1st Congressional District, announced Monday he's giving away a "Homeland Defender" AR-15 rifle on July 4. But Monday night, Facebook pulled a post about the contest showing the rifle for "promoting graphic violence."
The Evers campaign says someone based in California reported the post. Campaign spokesman Brian Burgess said they had anticipated someone would object and that all contest entries have been saved. Anyone in Evers' district can still enter by liking Evers' Facebook page or by liking and sharing one of Evers' posts.
Burgess said the original post had more than 1,100 likes and nearly 900 shares.