In fi­nal days be­fore elec­tion, Florida in piv­otal po­si­tion

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

Af­ter a year of po­lit­i­cal shocks and odd­i­ties, the con­tenders are in Florida, a most fa­mil­iar swing state, the fi­nal days be­fore the elec­tion.

Don­ald Trump has re­lent­lessly cam­paigned in the state and was em­bark­ing Wed­nes­day on his third mul­ti­day visit in re­cent weeks. Hil­lary Clin­ton has also been a fre­quent vis­i­tor, spend­ing last week­end in the Sun­shine State and back on Tues­day.

In Mi­ami, Trump touted his rise in Florida polls be­fore warn­ing his sup­port­ers not to take any­thing for granted. Trump can’t win with­out car­ry­ing Florida, so Clin­ton can de­liver a knock­out blow if she cap­tures the state’s 29 elec­toral votes.

But Democrats are in­creas­ingly con­cerned about black voter turnout af­ter some early vot­ing num­bers showed a drop-off from 2012, when pres­i­dent Barack Obama was on the ticket. If that de­cline holds true, it com­pli­cates the party’s path in other states, too, in­clud­ing North Carolina, Penn­syl­va­nia and Michi­gan.

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