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Steve Schale reflects on a ‘race-to-the-bottom’ election year

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Democratic political strategist Steve Schale realized that Donald Trump would win Florida 45 minutes after the polling places closed. “Going into Election Day, I thought that Hillary Clinton had a 200,000 vote lead,” Schale, who managed Barack Obama’s Florida campaigns in 2008 and 2012, but sat out 2016, told the Tiger Bay Club in Tallahassee Wednesday. “By comparison, Barack Obama had a 150,000 vote lead going into Election Day in 2008. Donald Trump would have to win Election Day by…

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Florida poll: Hillary Clinton at 49%, Donald Trump at 47%

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With less than a week until the election, the race in Florida remains tight. A new CNN/ORC poll found Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are essentially tied in Florida. The poll found 49 percent of likely Florida voters said they were backing Clinton, while 47 percent said they supported Trump. Libertarian Gary Johnson received 3 percent support, while 1 percent said they backed Green Party candidate Jill Stein. The poll of 773 likely voters has a margin of 3.5 percent.…

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Barack Obama to campaign for Hillary Clinton in Jacksonville and South Florida

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The Hillary Clinton campaign is playing its most important hold card in Jacksonville and South Florida next week, bringing President Barack Obama in to make the closing argument. From the Clinton campaign: “On Thursday, Nov. 3, just days prior to Election Day, President Barack Obama will return to Florida to campaign for Hillary Clinton. At public ‘Get Out the Early Vote’ events in the South Florida and Jacksonville areas, President Obama will urge Floridians to take advantage of early voting and lay out his support…

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Ted Cruz suspends campaign after loss in Indiana

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Ted Cruz, the insurgent Texan whose presidential campaign was fueled by disdain for Washington, dropped out of the 2016 race Tuesday night, removing the last major hurdle in Donald Trump‘s quest to become the Republican nominee for president. Cruz’s decision came after losing overwhelmingly to Trump in the Indiana primary, all but ensuring that real estate mogul will claim his party’s mantle at the Republican National Convention in July. “I said I would continue on as long as there is a…

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Ted Cruz outmaneuvering Donald Trump in battle for Marco Rubio delegates

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Marco Rubio won Minnesota decisively March 1, but the 17 delegates he was awarded are now up for grabs, free to vote for any candidate they like on a first ballot at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. In a hotly contested Republican primary that looks increasingly likely to culminate in a contested convention this summer, those delegates will be critical. The battle for them is essentially throwing states such as Minnesota, which have already held their nominating contests, back…

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New poll has Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton up by more than 20 points in Florida

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A new poll conducted by Florida Atlantic University gives commanding leads to Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton headed to Florida’s presidential primary on Tuesday. The survey, conducted Tuesday through Friday by FAU’s Business and Economics Polling Initiative, gives Trump 44 percent, followed by a tie between U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas with 21 percent each, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich 9 percent. For the Democrats, Clinton has 59 percent and U.S. Sen.…

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Viewers’ Guide: Post-NH, a tense Hillary Clinton-Bernie Sanders rematch

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Grudge match. Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders get back in the debate ring Thursday night with an increasingly bitter family score to settle. The debate comes just 48 hours after Sanders’ victory over Clinton in the New Hampshire primary by 22 percentage points, a jagged pill made more so because she lost with women, her presumed base of support. The key audience is now minority voters influential in upcoming contests in South Carolina and Nevada, and Hillary…

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