ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – Former President Bill Clinton hosted a campaign event Tuesday evening in St. Petersburg.
Clinton spoke at the Jet Jack Rec Center at Wildwood Park and detailed why he feels Hillary Clinton needs to be elected. The rally came as polls show African-American voters have submitted fewer early voting ballots in Florida than at this point in 2012.
“I’m old enough to remember when African-Americans were either denied access to the polls,” Clinton said.
President Clinton responded to a Donald Trump ad that asks African-Americans what they have to lose. “I’ll tell you what we got to lose, 14 million jobs. I have no intention of losing them,” Clinton said.
A low voter turnout could spell disaster for Democrats. “I kid you not. There is enthusiasm for this election. The community, African-American and the majority of the community, understand what is at stake here. And I think we’re gonna have a good turnout,” Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch said.
Voters at the rally said the former president’s event will help get people out to the polls. “I certainly think so. We certainly need everyone. Everyone who’s able to get out and vote,” Randy Nataraj-Allen said.
“I think that typically a lot of African-Americans usually vote the weekend before. Souls to the Polls, so I think this weekend is gonna be big,” Lori Taylor said.
Souls to the Polls is a get-out-the-vote effort hosted by community organizations and churches.
Bill Clinton isn’t the only person making Tampa Bay area stops this week on behalf of his wife.
The former Secretary of State herself held an event in Pasco County earlier Tuesday. Hillary Clinton spoke before a large crowd at Pasco–Hernando State College in New Port Richey.
The Sunshine State campaign events come as the race has tightened. Clinton holds a 2.2 percent lead in the Real Clear Politics nationwide polling average. She also holds leads, based on polling averages, in key states such as Pennsylvania and North Carolina. But, Trump now has a lead here in Florida. He’s up by one percent in the Real Clear Politics average.
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