President Obama rallied voters for Hillary Clinton and a continuation of his policies in heavily-Hispanic Kissimmee, saying Sunday that her winning Florida will effectively put her in the White House.
“All the progress we’ve made, it goes out the window if we don’t win the election,” Obama told about 11,000 people at a baseball stadium. “And we win this election, if we win Florida.
“If we win Florida, it’s a wrap. If we win Florida, it’s over,” he said.
Polls show the state remains a toss-up heading into the presidential campaign’s closing days and Obama’s visit underscored the significance of Florida and its 29 electoral votes.
Republican Donald Trump also is out to claim the state, campaigning Saturday in Tampa and with plans to return Monday for an Election Day-eve rally in Sarasota.
Trump’s path to the White House relies much on winning Florida and several other key battleground states. He planned to barnstorm across five states Sunday, while Clinton was campaigning in Ohio — with Cleveland Cavaliers’ star LeBron James — and New Hampshire.
In Florida, a surge in Hispanic voting is poised to help Clinton and Obama pushed voters Sunday by saying the presidential choice was clear. And simple.
“The choice couldn’t be simpler,” Obama said. “On the one hand, you have somebody who is maybe the most qualified person ever to run for the presidency. On the other hand, you’ve got the Donald.”
“Don’t boo him,” Obama said, when a chorus rose with the mention of his name. “Vote…he can’t hear your boos, but he can hear your votes.”