In US midterm race, racial tensions never far from surface

Erika Holt
November 7, 2018

Trump will speak at the airport in Pensacola, Florida, on Saturday, likely in support of Republican candidates Ron DeSantis and Rick Scott.

Obama warned voters not to get bamboozled by misinformation while Republicans allow polluters to poison the environment, give tax cuts to billionaires and take health care away from millions.

He added that "people are going out and they're voting for something and not against". "They said, 'You shouldn't be doing that!"

Rihanna is the latest celebrity who has endorsed Democratic nominee for Florida governor Andrew Gillum.

"Republicans have been in control for two years ... what have they done with that power?" said Obama.

Although he is not on the ballot, Trump's polarizing presence has loomed large over the campaign for Tuesday's midterm elections, and in many ways the USA political landscape reflects the deep racial divisions manifested recently in deadly attacks in Pittsburgh and Kentucky.

Obama also compared his presidency to those of George W. Bush and Trump. The network said it "misfired" after airing a fake vote tally from Florida's gubernatorial race.

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Though Nelson is the incumbent, he does not have an overwhelming lead over the soon-to-be-former governor.

"I haven't found this much excitement since Obama ran", she said. He also reminded voters that the next governor will appoint three justices. The campaign said Trump and Kemp had contributed to a poisonous atmosphere and Kemp has been silent on previous racially loaded attacks on Abrams.

"They're trying to scare folks with whatever boogeyman or divisive social issues they can come up with, just like they did the last time", said Obama. The Florida-based group engages in anti-Israel activism, including the promotion of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against the Jewish state.

Meanwhile, an NBC/Marist poll found both Gillum and Nelson to have identical leads of 50-46 percent over their respective GOP challengers.

"You know what, it's an old playbook", Obama said after another protester interrupted him. Like other Democrats in the state, he still expects Manchin to win.

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