When it comes to Donald Trump’s campaign, winning Florida is essential if is to have any hope of defeating Hillary in November.
Obama won Florida in both 2008 and 2012, leaving the chances of the Republicans in the dirt. The importance of the state has even grown since then, as there are 3 further electoral votes for the state since 2012.
Early voting numbers in the state shows that Trump is off to a historically fast start.
He is leading over Hillary by 120,000 votes, the first ever Republican to lead the state at this stage.
This bodes well for Trump according to Fox News analyst Michael Barone.
The News Alert blog reports (via GP):
— ALWAYS TRUMP! (@Always_Trump) 23 September 2016
Here are the numbers, via the Florida Division of Elections:
2016 General Election
Election Number – 10282 Election Date – 11/08/2016
Republican 881,274 – Democrat 760,003
Greta news for Trump! You can be sure that alarm bells are ringing inside Hillary’s campaign HQ.
Despite the fact that Hillary has outspent Trump 5 to 1 in Florida, as well as having 57 offices in the state, things are not looking great for her.
Despite these advantages, Mrs. Clinton is struggling in the Sunshine State, unable to assemble the coalition that gave Barack Obama two victories here, and offering Mr. Trump a broad opening in a road to the White House that not long ago seemed closed to him. Mr. Trump is pressing down hard to win the state, campaigning in Miami on Friday and in Fort Myers on Monday, after a rally in Pensacola recently.
Recent polls show Mrs. Clinton is not earning the same support among Hispanics, young people or white voters that Mr. Obama captured when he eked out a Florida victory four years ago in the country’s most hard-fought swing state.
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