Former Vice President Joe Biden rallied Democratic voters on the campus of the University of South Florida, telling them that they had a chance to vote in the first black governor in the state’s history, Andrew Gillum.
“Don’t tell me that things can’t change. Don’t tell me that won’t happen,” Biden said. “It’s time. It’s time. It’s time.”-Joe Biden (Tampa Bay Times)
Gillum leads DeSantis by a few percentage points with two weeks until election day, but with Republicans holding decent size edge in absentee ballots casts, it looks as if the race for governor is going to come down to the wire.
“I want to be the kind of state where you don’t have to be on the first plane out of here…I want you to be able to choose to build your life right here in the state of Florida.”-Andrew Gillum
What Gillum can do, DeSantis will try to do better. DeSantis who has the full support of President Trump, will host a rally in Jacksonville this Thursday with Vice President Mike Pence.
.@VP Mike Pence is joining us on the campaign trail this Thursday for a “get out the vote” event in Jacksonville. Make sure to reserve your spot and register here https://t.co/2iovuIbOQx! See you then!
— Ron DeSantis (@RonDeSantisFL) October 22, 2018
Joining Gillum and Biden on stage was Senator Bill Nelson. Nelson has enjoyed a bit of an uptick in his campaign polling after the Gillum his primary election.
Before the primaries, Republican Governor Rick Scott was leading Nelson, but as soon as Gillum won, a “Blue Wave” of sorts among Florida’s Democratic voting base came alive.
This excitement for Gillum has all-but saved Nelson, but the recent polls show a tighter race with some showing Nelson only by a few points.
By being governor, Rick Scott has benefitted from unprecedented free earned media do to the relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. Nelson has also garnered some coverage, but not anywhere near the amount that Scott has.