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Trump camp: We're in better shape in Florida than Romney was in '16



Senior Donald Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway said on a conference call with reporters Sunday that the campaign sees six different, plausible paths to 270 electoral votes. She seemed to acknowledge that every one requires winning Florida. Asked specifically if any path did not include Florida's 29 electoral votes, she said this:

"Everybody knows how important Florida is," said Conway, who used to poll Florida for the Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald along with Democrat Tom Eldon. "Both the Clinton and Trump campaigns have obviously laid a lot out on the field in Florida. We like a lot of the internal and extrernal polling numbers in Florida and we very much like the early voting/absentee ballot information we've been receiving out of the field. We're a lot closer in 2016 than Gov. Romney was in '12 with respect to early voting/absentee ballot requests, and he made Florida pretty competitive even though he lost it in the end."

The RNC touted two Florida data points today:

###Republicans now make up 1.4 percent more of the early vote share than at this point in 2012. Democrats make up 5 percent less of the early vote share.
###Although Republicans are now trailing in total ballots cast by 7,000, on this day in 2012, Republicans were trailing by over 100,000 ballots cast. This is a remarkable improvement, and erases the 74,309 votes Romney lost the state by in 2012.


[Last modified: Sunday, November 6, 2016 3:33pm]


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