Tracking the campaigns of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton
COUNTDOWN TO ELECTION DAY (Nov. 8): 3 days
With 3 days to go …
- Hillary Clinton on Saturday made one last bid to clinch a win in Florida. In a rain-shortened rally at C.B. Smith Park in Broward County, Clinton mocked Trump. “He kept saying things (during the three presidential debates) like ‘Well, what have you done for 30 years?’ and I’m thinking to myself, Donald, you don’t want to go there,” Clinton said. “I would have been happy to spend all four and a half hours talking about what I did compared to what he’s done.” But her remarks lasted just about seven minutes before a downpour ended the event.
- Donald Trump also started the day in Florida. He spoke in Tampa at the Florida State Fairgrounds, watch a replay here. There, Trump blasted Clinton’s support for Obamacare and called for restoring “honesty to our government.” And he took a shot at Clinton for “low energy.” He said: “You need a lot of energy to protect America. We do five events a day, and she goes home to sleep.” In fact, Trump is on another one-day cross country stump-a-thon on Saturday that includes stops in North Carolina, Colorado and Nevada, where he was rushed off stage by Secret Service briefly before returning to finish his speech.
- Clinton’s running, Tim Kaine, will resemble a snowbird making Florida a virtual second home this weekend. Between today and Sunday, Kaine has four events scheduled, one each in Melbourne, Ft. Myers, and Sarasota and St. Petersburg. The latter will be Get Out The Vote event featuring a performance by Jon Bon Jovi.
- GOP running mate Mike Pence also has a Florida weekend trip planned. He will be in Panama City on Sunday.
- Former President Bill Clinton will be northeast Florida. His bus tour will make stops in Jacksonville and Gainesville.
What’s with the travel schedules? It’s a high stakes game of chess focused on about 11 battleground states that are either toss-ups or in which the trailing candidate could be closing the gap.
But just about all the victory combinations include Florida, hence the extreme interest in the Sunshine State from Clinton and Trump.
WHERE TO NEXT?
- Trump comes back to Florida, no surprise, on Monday, for an event in Sarasota.
- On Sunday, Clinton heads back to Cleveland, Ohio, and New Hampshire.
- Also on Sunday, President Obama campaigns for Clinton in Kissimmee.
- Is Clinton done with Florida events? The campaign’s schedule has a Miami event planned for Sunday with singer Cher. But no word on whether the candidate, or which surrogates, will attend.
THE MAP: The red, the purple and the blue
The field of key battleground states – including Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Ohio – is narrowing as we get closer to Nov. 8. Candidates don’t have any plans to travel to New Mexico or Arizona, for example, which got campaign attention this past week. As we get closer to Election Day, the paths to victory shrink, and the focus is on a handful or so of states.
LATEST POLL RESULTS
The most resounding poll on Friday is one neither candidate should want to be leading, a New York Times/CBS poll showing the widespread disgust among voters with both presidential candidates. The unprecedented unfavorable ratings in the survey: More than eight in 10 voters surveyed say the toxic campaign has left them “repulsed rather than excited.”
A Rasmussen Results White House Watch poll put Trump and Clinton in a tie, at 44 percent.
A CNN poll also tiled four states, including all-important Ohio and New Hampshire as well as Maine and Utah, toward Trump.
But a Fox News poll puts Clinton up by two points, 45 percent to Trump’s 43 percent.
More than 5 million Floridians have cast their votes already. Republican voters (39.74 percent) have a slight edge over Democrats (39.71 percent).
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