Trump Miami Hispanic event off again; fundraiser still set for Tuesday night

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses the crowd during a campaign rally at the Sharonville Convention Center July 6, 2016, in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Sommers II/Getty Images)
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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s roundtable with Hispanic leaders, set for July 8 at Miami’s legendary Versailles restaurant and then rescheduled for Tuesday, is off again, a campaign spokeswoman said.

The businessman and part-time Palm Beacher had canceled at the last minute July 8 because of the previous evening’s assassination of five police officers in Dallas.

This time around, campaign spokeswoman Karen Giorno said late Monday, the campaign had tried to make the event happen but wasn’t able to synchronize with all the leaders on short notice. She said Trump will try again at another date.

Trump still is set to appear Tuesday, along with Gov. Rick Scott, at a private, no press, fundraising reception and dinner at Trump National Doral golf resort, west of Miami.

There’s a chance protestors will show.

“I wouldn’t be surprised,” Giorno said. “Anywhere he goes there’s protestors. They’re not going to get on property if they do.”

 

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Trump in Miami Friday

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Donald Trump will be in Miami Friday for two meetings.

The part-time Palm Beacher and presumed Republican presidential nominee speaks to invited guests Friday afternoon at the DoubleTree Hotel Miami Airport and Convention Center. His campaign says his talk, which is closed to the general public, is titled, Succeeding Together.”

Before that event, the Miami Herald reports, Trump has invited a group of 20 to 30 Hispanic community leaders to lunch with him at the legendary Versailles Cuban restaurant, in the heart of Little Havana.

 

Ex-U.S. Sen., Fla Gov. Bob Graham endorses Patrick Murphy for U.S. Senate seat

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Former U.S. Senator and Florida Governor Bob Graham is the latest to endorse Patrick Murphy’s bid for the U.S. Senate seat Marco Rubio vacated for his failed run for president.

Last week, Murphy, D-Jupiter, announced 46 more endorsements from U.S. House Democrats in his Democratic Senate primary race against Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando.

Eight Republicans, meanwhile, are vying for that party’s nomination for the Senate seat.

“I’m confident that Patrick, with his knowledge, energy and his demeanor, will be a very effective representative for Florida interests in Washington.” Graham said Monday morning as he and Murphy conducted a conference call with reporters.

Murphy “bring his experience as a lifetime Floridian, and his now-experience in the U.S. Congress, to increase his ability to be effective in those areas that are critical to the future of our state,” including restoration of the Everglades, Graham said.

“I’m so proud and quite frankly humbled to receive this endorsement,” Murphy told Graham in the conference call.

“I’ve always liked you as one my mentors,” he said, “and, quite frankly, one of the last statesmen in the Senate.”

 

Hillary Clinton swept 58 of 67 Florida counties in primary

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Hillary Clinton speaks at rally Tuesday night at PBC Convention Center (Allen Eyestone/Palm Beach Post)

Hillary Clinton didn’t just win big in Florida in Tuesday’s primary. She nearly swept the place, winning 58 of 67 counties — including Palm Beach County and its two neighbors to the south, where she got nearly three-fourths of the total vote.

This according to a Palm Beach Post analysis of vote breakdowns supplied by the Florida Division of Elections.

Clinton’s highest win margin was in tiny Gadsden County, just west of Tallahassee, where she got 76 percent of the total vote. The next three, in order, were the blue strongholds of Miami-Dade (74 percent), Broward (72), and Palm Beach (71).

The totals are more impressive in that Martin O’Malley, who dropped out Feb. 1, still was on the ballot in every county, and got 2.3 percent of the total vote.

What does Clinton take from this smack down of Bernie Sanders as she looks toward a possible general election showdown with Donald Trump?

Probably not a lot, Florida political analyst Susan MacManus said Wednesday morning.

“Hillary beating Bernie doesn’t tell us a lot about November,” said MacManus, a political science professor at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

Clinton won big in counties that usually vote Republican. But just because Democrats in red counties voted heavily for her, it doesn’t mean Republicans in those counties will do so, MacManus said.

The key in November. MacManus said, will be independent voters, who had no presidential ballot Tuesday in Florida’s closed primary. Those registered to other parties, or no party, represent 26.6 percent of registered voters.

To read more, go later to mypalmbeachpost.com.

(Post staff writer Michael Stucka contributed)

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