Donald Trump, in Orlando, says he’s confident he’ll win Florida

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told a crowd of thousands of cheering supporters that he will buck the odds and win the state of Florida – and the White House – on Election Day. A Quinnipiac University Poll released Wednesday considers the state too close to call with Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton leading Trump 46% to 45%, well within the poll’s plus or minus 3.9 percentage-point error margin. Third-party candidates Gary Johnson and Jill Stein combined for 4% among likely voters.
Clinton led Trump by four points in an Oct. 17 Quinnipiac poll. “Our magnificent, historic movement has surprised the world and defied expectations at every single turn,” Trump said at a Wednesday rally here. “And now next Tuesday, we will have one last glorious surprise for the pundits, the politicians and the special interests when we win and return the power back to the people. “It’s going to happen,” he said. Trump’s roughly 30-minute speech was his second event on a two-day, four-city tour of the key battleground state. Trump also spoke during a noon rally in Miami.
He then flew to the Panhandle for a 7 p.m. CT rally in Pensacola where he stayed with his we’ll-win-Florida-and-the-White-House theme and highlighted Clinton’s continuing legal troubles related to a private email server she used as secretary of state. On Thursday, Trump is scheduled to lead a noon rally in Jacksonville before heading to appearances in Pennsylvania and North Carolina. Citing polls showing him leading Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in several swing states – Quinnipiac’s poll for Ohio shows Trump at 46% to Clinton’s 41%, also within that poll’s margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points – Trump urged Orlando Amphitheater attendees to vote. He again pledged to repeal and replace Obamacare, which he labeled “a total catastrophe.”
The crowd offered cheers of “Trump!” and “USA!” while decrying Clinton with chants of “Lock Her Up!” and “Liar!”
Overhead, a yellow plane circled the fairgrounds pulling a “FL Chinese Americans for Trump” banner. Outside the amphitheater, a couple dozen merchandise vendors formed a veritable Trump flea market, hawking a colorful array of T-shirts, caps, flags, buttons, bumper stickers, dolls, playing cards, books and more.
Trump criticized President Barack Obama for campaigning in support of Clinton. Obama spoke Friday at the University of Central Florida, and he is scheduled to return Sunday to Orlando for another event. “He’s campaigning right now for Crooked Hillary. Why is he campaigning? She’s under federal investigation – and you’ve got a president campaigning for her,” Trump said. “And that’s all he does is campaign.
“He ought to be working on your jobs that are leaving and going to Mexico, and your military,” Trump said.
In the audience, Ryan Smith, a former Melbourne, Fla., resident, drew laughs by wearing a Clinton mask, handcuffs and an orange “Crooked Hillary” shirt bearing inmate number 11082016 – a numerical reference to Nov. 8, 2016, or Election Day. “Everyone wants to see her in prison. I can’t walk 5 feet without somebody stopping and taking pictures,” said Smith, a senior mechanical engineer and University of Central Florida graduate. “She needs to be in prison and everyone knows it,” he said. “But nobody’s going to do anything about it – unless we bring Trump in to the White House.”
Kara Elvidge, who voted Monday for Trump, said she considers Clinton a liar. The registered nurse from Port St. Lucie, Fla., showed off a sticker on her shirt: “I’m a Christian. I’m voting.”
“The abortion issue is a big issue for me with Hillary’s views on abortion,” Elvidge said. “I also believe that we need to close the borders. That’s something important for me with Trump.”
Marie Maxime, a Haitian native who is now an Orlando stay-home mother, carried a white Trump-Pence sign to the rally. She was a lifelong Democrat until Trump ran for president. “I think Trump can do the job,” Maxime said. “I think he’s a man of integrity and honor. And I think he can stand on
his word.”

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