Trump and Biden ready for a close battle in Florida

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ORLANDO, FLA. – The coronavirus pandemic is disrupting politics across the country, including Florida – with 29 electoral votes and one of the most important presidential states.

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A new poll released by the University of North Florida on Monday found that Biden led Trump by six points, from 46% to 40%.

Trump’s manipulation of the coronavirus is almost certainly the deciding factor in the race in Florida.

At the national level, Trump has generally done well in approval ratings for his handling of the crisis, but the University of North Florida poll found that 53% of state voters said they disapproved Trump’s handling of the state crisis. Only 45 said they approved.

The same survey found that 58% of those polled said they did not trust Trump to give reliable information about the crisis, while 41% said they trusted the president.

“Unless things turn around quickly and decisively, Florida could become Trump’s Waterloo,” said Martin Sweet, affiliate assistant professor of political science at Florida Atlantic University.

He noted that the governor of Florida, a Republican Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantis16 things to know today about the coronavirus Let’s put “Reaganomics” to rest Florida governor advises against “crowded” religious gatherings MORE, has also been carefully reviewed for its management of coronavirus. DeSantis, a staunch Trump supporter whom the President has frequently praised, did not issue a home stay order for Florida until last week.

“Florida tends to be less purple and more red overall, but Trump and Gov. [Ron] DeSantis may have wasted their advantage, ”said Sweet.

The UNF poll showed that a majority still supports DeSantis’ management of the coronavirus.

Fifty-one percent of Floridians said they approve of the governor’s work to fight the epidemic, with 46 percent saying they disagree.

The Trump campaign and the National Republican Committee deployed a huge game on the ground in Florida, highlighting the importance of the state in November.

The RNC has had field staff in Florida since 2014 and is working on voter registration and staff training. He says he organized more than 250 virtual trainings on the Trump Victory Leadership Initiative, while volunteers called nearly 2 million calls to voters.

“We have engaged thousands of activists across the state because we know how important it is,” RNC spokesperson Rick Gorka told The Hill. “We know we are putting time and effort in a critical state because we know we have to win it in November. “

Florida faces a double blow from the coronavirus. Business is on the increase and economic unrest is a major threat to the state’s tourism industry.

Ninety-four percent of Florida voters said they were concerned about the impact of the pandemic on the state’s economy, according to the UNF survey.

“Fate is far from being cast in terms of the opinions of people on Trump handling the coronavirus,” said Florida-based Republican strategist Ford O’Connell. “Obviously, President Trump recognizes that if he can inject hope and confidence through this ordeal, he has a better chance not only of saving the economy, but also of winning re-election. “

The Democrats won Florida in 2008 and 2012 and express their confidence that they will be able to win it again in 2020.

“The Floridians feel very uncomfortable against Trump and DeSantis right now,” said a Biden ally. “Nobody thinks things are going well. How do you vote for the status quo? “

Miami-based Republican strategist Ana NavarroAna Violeta NavarroWhile wishes flow through the media for Chris Cuomo after the diagnosis of Tucker Carlson’s coronavirus: Biden’s “failing intellect” an “opportunity” for the Democrats to control him Whoopi Goldberg scolds Meghan McCain during the debate on removal: “Please stop talking” MORE, who did not vote for Trump in 2016 and severely criticized him as a CNN commentator, said “in theory, Biden should be strong in Florida.”

“He has decades of relationships with key Florida communities, such as African Americans, the Jewish community,” said Navarro.

Biden defeated the senator. Bernie SandersBernie Sanders Wisconsin Supreme Court blocks governor’s efforts to delay election Hill’s campaign report: Biden and Trump discuss response to coronavirus; Wisconsin postpones elections Wisconsin Governor postpones Tuesday’s coronavirus PLUS election (I-Vt.) Solidly in the Democratic primary state.

“It also passes what I call the” grandparent test “with young Cuban Americans,” said Navarro. “Will my grandmother still talk to me if I vote for this guy?” With Bernie, the answer is no. Cuban grandmothers are said to be heartbroken. “

Biden saw positive signs in major cities in the state. The former vice president heads Trump in Orlando, Jacksonville, Miami and Tampa, according to the UNF poll. Republicans, on the other hand, emphasize their influence in less urban and more rural areas, where Trump is stronger.

“Obviously there are very large centers around Tampa, Orlando, Daytona, but it’s also about reaching out in the least populated counties,” said Gorka. This is where the virtual trainings we did also attracted a lot of new people. “

In the crucial corridor of I-4, which extends between the major regions of Orlando and Tampa, Trump’s figures are “particularly disturbing” for his re-election campaign, due to the large number of independents in the region, said Sweet.

“Not only is Trump underwater in what is usually a bell for the state, the intensity of his opposition is strong and the intensity of his support is not impressive,” he said. he adds. “As the number of COVID 19 cases and the total number of deaths increase and unemployment reaches unprecedented levels since the Depression in the 1930s, America does not appear to be that large at the moment. “



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