THE VILLAGES, Fla. – President Donald Trump held a campaign event in The Villages on Friday.
The rally was held at 4:30 p.m. at The Villages Polo Club on Buena Vista Boulevard. Doors opened at 1:30 p.m.
Florida Reps. Daniel Webster, Kat Kammack, and Michael Waltz were also at the event.
Trump campaigned in Florida this past Friday, hosting a rally in Ocala.
Political expert and University of Central Florida professor Jim Clark said there’s a reason Trump continues to come back to the smaller counties in Central Florida. He said looking at the president’s margins, he won big in Lake, Marion and Sumter counties.
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“Those three counties gave him what he needed to carry Florida,” Clark said.
According to 2016 elections results, of the more than 10 million Floridians who voted, Trump won over Hilary Clinton by just 112,911 votes. According to those same election results, Lake, Marion and Sumter Counties gave him 120,135 votes.
“In just those three counties, in Marion, Sumter and Lake, he won by 120,000 votes, which is also his margin for carrying the state,” Clark said. “He is going to win those counties, the question is the margin.”
According to recent polls earlier this month, they show that Trump was losing support among some senior 65 and older, Clark said if Trump wants to win Florida, he needs all of the support from The Villages he can get.
“He needs to get them back to his column and back to his poll on Election day,” Clark said. “Orange County is going to go largely democratic, Osceola is going to go largely democratic, he needs to offset that with super large majorities in those three counties.”
Presidential candidate and former vice president Joe Biden had a campaign event in Orlando two weeks ago. Campaign events were also held in Sarasota and Jacksonville.
Jill Biden had a campaign event Joe Biden at Lake Mary last week.
The candidate who has won Florida has won the last six presidential elections.