The sunshine state has set an early voting record, and people are still hitting the polls and lining up to vote.
As Kevin Wagner, a political scientist at Florida Atlantic University, explained, “For many people, this is their chance to vote for or against the president. It is a test of the president’s strength and tells us something about where he might be in 2020.”
In the days leading up to election day, mobilization efforts have been a high priority as Democrats seek to wash over Florida’s political landscape with a “blue wave” and Republicans look to cover more political ground with a “red wave.” Though early voting shows Democrats with a slight lead, the races are still too close to call.
In his final pitch to Floridians, Congressman Ron DeSantis assured that “We will build off the economic success that Florida has had and make it better than ever.”
Over the weekend, he spoke at an event in Boca Raton alongside Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani. At the event, Giuliani told the crowd of supporters that “You’re important. It always comes down to Florida, and you haven’t let us down, boy. We escaped some bullets with your votes.”
Making the distinction between himself and his opponent, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, DeSantis called Gillum a “career politician” who’s “always supported higher taxes every step of the way” before calling himself a “Ronald Reagan small tax, low government Republican.”
But, if the sunshine state wants to continue off the work done under Florida Governor Rick Scott, Congressman DeSantis asserted that “You’re not done just because you voted. You’ve got to get other people. You’ve got to make sure they know that this is an important election.”
DeSantis also stressed that “If we turn out the vote here and we get a strong showing in this county, we’re going to win on Tuesday. That’s just the bottom line.”