Florida and North Carolina are considered by most pundits to be must-win states for Donald Trump. If he is unable to win both of these toss-up states, it is highly unlikely that he can cobble together other more liberal swing states to cover the deficit.
Polling numbers continued to show Trump and Clinton neck and neck in both states, with some thinking that Florida could be even closer than it was in 2000 with Bush vs. Gore.
Florida was also extremely close in 2012, with Mitt Romney winning 49% of the vote to Obama’s 50%.
So new exclusive numbers on early voting returns is turning heads. Matt Drudge reports:
Data obtained by the DRUDGE REPORT shows presidential underdog Donald Trump outperforming Republican 2012 election results in Florida.
Mitt Romney went into Election Day down 161,000 in absentee ballots and early voting. He ended up losing the state by 74,000.
This time, in a dramatic surprise twist, Trump is only down 32,500! And Republicans tend to outvote Democrats on Election Day in Florida.
He also reports that one of the latest polls supports these numbers, with Trump up 3.5% and about to broach the all-important 50% to clinch it.
We will have to wait a little longer to find out actual results, but if this is any indication of whether enthusiasm for Trump is driving out the vote better than the Democrat machine, Donald and his team should be encouraged. It looks like all the time he has invested in this critical state may pay off after all.
Source: Drudge Report