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Scott Finally Appears With Trump at a Rally

Jimmy Buffett will play a GOTV concert for the Democratic ticket.

Nov. 1, 2018, 10:26 a.m.

Gov. Rick Scott (R) joined Rep. Ron DeSantis (R) “on Wednesday night as he campaigned publicly for the first time next to President Donald Trump this year. … The Scott-DeSantis rally with Trump in Fort Myers — the capital of one of the most politically engaged Republican counties in the state — highlighted the partisan nature of Florida’s 2018 midterm election, in which both sides are ginning up their base voters with the two most popular figures in each party: Trump and former President Barack Obama, who visits Democrat-rich Miami on Friday.”

“Trump praised Scott’s post-storm crisis management, which gave him a national platform but which unexpectedly failed to boost his poll numbers.”

Scott: “He takes a problem. He turns it into an asset. … He’s a talent.”

“Scott stuck to his longtime message of talking about jobs — specifically the 1.6 million private-sector jobs created during his two terms as governor — and described" Sen. Bill Nelson (D) "as a do-nothing who has held various elected offices for four decades.”

“In the county where the rally was held, Lee County, and neighboring Collier County, turnout for pre-Election Day early voting is among the highest in the state. Already, more than 36 percent have voted, many of them Republicans. Trump learned that almost by accident. ‘Who voted?’ he asked, watching with disbelief as thousands raised their hands. ‘Everybody voted already?’ he asked to cheers. … Trump: ‘Then what the hell am I doing here tonight?’” (Politico)

FLORIDAYS. Musician Jimmy Buffett on Saturday “will perform a short solo acoustic set at the Meyer Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach with” Nelson and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (D). (release)

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