New Poll shows Gillum and Nelson leading Florida

Hannah Rogers
November 5, 2018

Florida is emerging as an epicenter of the nation's polarizing politics in the final days of the 2018 campaign.

Florida will be the site of two tightly contested and important midterm elections on Tuesday, so President Donald Trump is traveling to the Florida panhandle for another one of his "Make America Great Again" rallies. Politicians in both parties traditionally focus on winning over moderate voters, especially those living along Interstate 4 in the shadow of Disney World, to eke out a win.

When Nelson took the stage Saturday afternoon at a joint rally with his party's gubernatorial pick here Saturday, the third-term senator had very little to say on stage beyond introducing Gillum ahead of an acoustic performance by Jimmy Buffett at an event sponsored by Florida Democrats. "This is really an election between greatness and gridlock".

Gillum's supporters raced to condemn DeSantis's remarks as racist, while Gillum said that it was clear DeSantis was taking a page out of "the campaign manual of Donald Trump".

That race pitting Abrams against Republican Brian Kemp, the state's top elections overseer, has become a flashpoint for allegations of voter suppression by Democrats due to the state's strict voter-identification law.

During the former president's speech, a protester shouted that Obama should "denounce ANTIFA" - the protesters who square off against neo-Nazis.

The president has tarred Mexican immigrants as "rapists", sought to ban Muslims from entering the country, and assailed the mostly-African-American football players who knelt during the national anthem to protest police brutality. "Patriots who will stand up for anyone whose fundamental rights are at stake".

Trump and DeSantis in Pensacola.

Trump said that Obama's assertion that "if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor" under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act proved false.

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Ron Kaufman, who was White House political director for the first President George Bush, said Mr. Obama's language had been strikingly harsh from one president about another. "We are going forward to celebrate our diversity".

"When the president won Florida in 2016, Republicans were down significantly going into Election Day", DeSantis told Fox News' "Fox and Friends".

There are 28 early voting locations in Miami-Dade, 22 in Broward, and 5 in Monroe.

Meanwhile, Trump was out on a campaign trail of his own, hitting multiple states in the final days leading up to the Tuesday election.

As Obama divided his day by boosting the Democrats, first in Miami for gubernatorial hopeful Andrew Gillum and incumbent Sen. Scott has painted Nelson as an ineffective career politician, while Nelson has labeled Scott untrustworthy because of questions about how the multimillionaire governor has handled his finances while in office. Kissimmee is home to many transplants from Puerto Rico. For some voters, that may prove to be all the difference.

Trump's Saturday travel fit a familiar profile, with both rallies scheduled to support GOP candidates who are narrowly trailing in most recent polling and will need the base to turn out in force next week. "He's part of the swamp". "You will destroy the state that I love". Later on, though, at a rally for Senate candidate Mike Braun in Indiana, Trump went a nastier route.

Gillum also has the edge among Hispanic voters - 57 percent to DeSantis' 29 percent.

Gillum, during a stop this week at a bayside restaurant in Destin, barely mentioned Trump or DeSantis but still got in a jab.

Quite frankly I think they underestimate the people of the state of Florida.

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