There’s a widespread belief that with Florida goes the 2020 presidential election and Democrat voters had a comfortable lead as mail-in ballots flowed in, but early voting has proven to be Republican domain and they are quickly closing the gap.
Alarmingly so, and this has liberals in a near panic as seen Friday during a segment on CNN’s “New Day.”
Host Alisyn Camerota cited Miami-Dade County as a particular concern, noting that even though 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton lost in the state, she won the county “handedly.”
“The Republican turnout is far outpacing Democratic turnout,” Camerota fretted.
Camerota pointed to Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., whose district covers the county, trying to sound the alarm with the Biden campaign, who the congresswoman said has not been doing door-to-door canvasing or haven’t invested money in the ground game.
“I screamed. Hollered. I called. I lobbied from the top to the bottom,” Frederica told Politico.
Joshua Geise, Florida director for left-leaning America Votes, which is coordinating with 50 groups on the ground to turn out voters for Biden, acknowledged some of the turnout issues in Miami-Dade, Politico reported.
“We’ve got to stop the bleeding,” Geise said.
Politico quoted a Democratic organizer saying their voters don’t love Biden as much as they hate Trump.
“Look, our people hate Trump and they like Biden. But not enough of them love Biden,” the organizer said. “It also doesn’t help that the campaign reacted so late here and they didn’t help us with voter registration when we needed to be doing it.”
Former Obama advisor David Axelrod weighed in on the early vote numbers from Florida.
“The one that struck my eye is that Miami-Dade is much lower than the rest of the state in terms of a percentage of early voters coming out and that is a place where he has to — Joe Biden has to mount a huge advantage going into Election Day,” he said.
If that wasn’t troubling enough, he suggested that black voters are not turning out for Biden.
“The other thing you notice if you look deeply into these numbers is that where the falloff appears to be among African-American voters, and that’s a concern,” Axelrod said. “That has been a concern for the campaign. I think it’s one of the reasons why President Obama was sent down to Florida some days ago. So, you know, I’m sure they are aware of it and will be trying to address it in various ways. I think Kamala Harris is going back to Florida as well.”
As for the numbers, conservative activist Scott Presler shared the stats in a tweet that shows just how quick Republicans are gaining ground — and there are two more days after Friday.
As of 8:38 a.m. in Florida,
1,607,631 Republicans, 1,133,402 democrats, & 682,519 NPAs voted in-person.
Including mail-in ballots, democrats have a total lead of 163,683 votes.
Yesterday, democrats led by 206,914 — their lead continues to shrink (-43K in 1 day!).
— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) October 30, 2020
Not helping matters, Election Day voting is widely expected to favor Republicans.
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