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‘Doesn’t bode well for Trump’: GOP candidates already hurting in Florida — thanks to the president

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President of the United States Donald Trump speaking with attendees at the 2019 Student Action Summit hosted by Turning Point USA at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. (Gage Skidmore)

Some Florida Republicans have already lost their seats thank to the things President Donald Trump has done and said.

The president’s attacks on mail-in voting, women and the island of Puerto Rico are being cited as factors in GOP election losses already this year in the state, which Trump must win to secure re-election, reported Politico.

“There’s a lot of nervousness from Republicans over the new wave of Democrats, their ability to turn out voters and their coordination,” said former GOP state Rep. Mike Miller, who lost a county commission race in Orange County. “It should be an eye-opener for Republicans.”

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Miller said the state’s GOP has long held an advantage in absentee ballots, but the president’s conspiracy theories about mail-in voting has led to a sharp drop-off for Republicans and much stronger returns for Democrats, who have promoted the practice during the pandemic.

“The primary was a dry run for what we’re going to do in November,” said one Biden campaign official. “What Orange [County] has is a new and emerging Democratic population — Latinos, progressive whites, working-class voters — that we could not turn out before. We can now. We have more tools in the toolbox.”

Fast-growing county has backed the Democrat in each of the last five presidential elections, but voter turnout has traditionally been low there and other Democratic-leaning counties — until this year.

“If you told me four years ago that Seminole [County] would go blue, I would’ve laughed in your face, but it’s changing,” said GOP operative Anthony Pedicini. “It’s spreading from Orlando [in Orange County] into the surrounding areas. Just look at the highway system, it’s like a heart pumping blue blood in every direction from Orlando.”

It’s not just Puerto Ricans and other Hispanic voters, who are helping to fuel population growth in the Orlando area.

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“It’s suburban whites,” Pedicini said. “We’re losing too many suburban women.”

Betsy VanderLey, who lost her re-election bid for the Orange County commission, said new arrivals were turning the area increasingly Democratic, and they’re motivated to vote.

“Four years ago, when I ran, my district was the last Republican stronghold of Orange County and there was only one Democrat on the [seven-member] board of county commissioners,” VanderLey said. “Now there will be just one [Republican] left. The Democrats are clearly energized. If the Republican turnout in November mirrors what we saw in the primary, it doesn’t bode well for Trump in this county.”

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CNN presents damning list of all the times Trump has refused to accept election results

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President Donald Trump triggered outrage at his Wednesday press briefing for refusing to commit to a peaceful transition of power.

But his attitude is nothing new, wrote Kevin Liptak for CNN, who listed all the times in the last few months Trump has expressed similar sentiments.

On July 19, for instance, Trump told Fox News Sunday, "I'm not going to just say 'yes'" when asked if he'll accept the election results. On July 30, he tweeted that mail ballots are "INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT" and suggested "Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote." On August 17 at a rally, he suggested staying in office beyond two terms, saying "we'll go for another four years because they spied on my campaign. We should get a redo of four years." Three days later, at another rally, he said of Democrats, "they're trying to steal the election, and everybody knows that. Because the only way they're going to win is by a rigged election."

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McConnell’s re-election campaign slapped with FEC flag over suspected accounting errors

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) re-election campaign is facing scrutiny from the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and he is now being required to answer questions regarding suspected accounting errors.

The letter and a 60-page report, written by FEC campaign analyst Susan Worthington to McConnell’s Senate Committee, were sent to McConnell’s campaign treasurer, Larry J. Steinberg on Monday. The committee pointed out “Apparent Excessive, Prohibited, and Impermissible Contributions” regarding donations recorded in McConnell’s July quarterly report that suggests multiple contributions may have exceeded the legal limits.

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Fox News analyst slams Trump for visit to Ginsburg’s casket: ‘Maybe it’s to get the boos’

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Fox News analyst Chris Stirewalt was bewildered on Thursday after President Donald Trump showed up at the Supreme Court to pay his respects to former Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

As Trump appeared next to Ginsburg's casket, the crowd could be heard jeering the president.

"I don't know why he went," a confused Stirewalt said. "He didn't go to John Lewis' memoriam. He wasn't there for that stuff. And for good reason. Right? These people don't want him there. Ruth Bader Ginsburg's folks don't want him there. It's going to be an ugly scene."

"I guess, he's the president. He can go where ever he wants," the Fox News contributor added. "And he has security so that he can go do it. But you just wonder what the political calculation was here in going to a place where you know you will be received poorly, going to a place where you know the folks there don't want you to be."

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