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The fight for Florida may hinge on senior voters

October 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

They've been Republicans their entire lives, but Rody and Tommye Johnson are now sign-waving supporters of Joe Biden. They have already cast their ballots in hopes of correcting what they see as a grave miscalculation for supporting Donald Trump in 2016.

The fight for the senior vote is punctuated by the fact that Trump, 74, and Biden, 77, are jockeying for support among their own peers.

Nationally, a CNN poll this month found Biden with a 21-point advantage over Trump among voters 65 and older.

A Quinnipiac poll also out this month showed Biden leading Trump by 55% to 40% among seniors.

Here in Vero Beach, a mid-Florida coastal town where Trump defeated Clinton by a 24 point margin in the surrounding Indian River County, the Johnsons said they are no longer shy about showing their affirmative support for Biden.

They believe there are plenty of Biden supporters in their county who are afraid to say so, but are realistic enough to know this stretch of Florida is still Trump Country.

"I'm worried about Election Day," said Rody Johnson, who has already cast his ballot for Biden.

"Biden's agenda would be a catastrophe for Florida's seniors," Trump told supporters at a rally in Sanford earlier this week.

The Trump presidency, they said, had pushed them to do all they could to find voters who were dissatisfied with the direction of the country.

She said she does not believe seniors will abandon Trump, declaring: "They've been around the world a few more times.

"I want to defeat him -- bad," Edwards said, standing near his signs that draw angry retorts from Trump supporters passing by and bursts of applause from Biden fans.

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