President Donald Trump will once again be in the Central Florida region next week, when he plans on holding a campaign rally in the Villages retirement community. The President kicked off his reelection campaign here in Orlando last month.
Next year, Florida will once again be the biggest political battleground in the nation and Trump is getting as big of a head start as possible by frequenting the “Heart of the I4” corridor and the areas that surround it.
Unlike his trip to blue Orange County, the Villages will be more of a “home game” surrounded by conservative, senior-aged voters. The area has been “must visit” location for Republicans looking to win in Florida for years now.
The 20 or so Democrats, that will be debating in Detroit tonight and tomorrow night (you could read my preview HERE), have yet to make a serious campaign stop in Central Florida. Front runner and former Vice President, Joe Biden, has held a fundraiser here, but Orlando Democrats still haven’t seen anyone from their vast field spend any serious time here. The Florida Democratic party was unable to book a single candidate for it’s big statewide conference held here in Orlando earlier this summer.
Right now, Florida voters are seeing the President on a regular basis and watching the Democratic field campaign elsewhere. If you include the fact that Trump will have three very powerful surrogates blanketing the state next year, it could tip the scales in his favor (story HERE).
One factor working against the President are the changing demographics in the “Sunshine State”. As more Hispanic voters move into the state, the President will have to proceed carefully on his message to try to appeal to their interest as well.
But as for next week, a part of Central Florida will once again be “Trump town” as the President continues to try and activate the base that could get him reelected next year.