SANFORD, FL — Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is continuing a campaign sweep through the Sunshine State with two rallies on the schedule Tuesday. The New York businessman will make stops in Sanford and Tallahassee before turning his attention toward Washington, D.C., and North Carolina later in the week.
Trump’s push to win over Florida constituents comes as early voting has opened in most counties across the state. Trump is working to close the national polling gap between himself and Democrat challenger Hillary Clinton while hoping to also win over Sunshine State voters. The former secretary of state shot ahead in national and state polls after the release of a video that showed Trump saying lewd things about women. The Republican’s poll numbers began to slide and have not rebounded despite scandals cropping up related to Clinton. Trump has also begun to face a long list of accusers who say he inappropriately touched them.
Clinton’s campaign has also been on the defensive over the past few weeks since WikiLeaks dumped emails allegedly written by or sent to her staff members. Among some of the revelations to come out of the WikiLeaks dumps are supposed excerpts from her Wall Street speeches. One email reportedly noted Clinton as saying, “you need to have a private and public position on policy.” Another spoke about open borders and open trade.
The WikiLeaks dump has also brought a $12 million donation from Morocco’s King Mohammed VI to the Clinton Foundation under scrutiny. The Clinton campaign has denounced the WikiLeaks email release, saying the hack represents an effort by the Russian government to influence the American election.
Scandals or not, Clinton has a strong lead in national polls. The RealClearPolitics average gave Clinton a 5.1 percentage point lead over Trump Tuesday. That number was up, however, one point in Trump’s favor from Monday.
Hoping to keep the momentum going, Trump plans to take the stage at the Orlando Sanford International Airport’s Million Air Hangar at 3 p.m. Oct. 25. Watch the live stream when it begins below:
After leaving Sanford, Trump will travel to Florida’s capital for a 6 p.m. rally at the Tallahassee Car Museum. Watch the live stream when it begins below:
Clinton also has a rally planned in Coconut Creek Tuesday. She’ll make appearances in Lake Worth and Tampa this Wednesday.