Shifting South: Florida could be Donald Trump’s last hope

    Donald Trump speaks to a crowd of attendees in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Thursday. Ty Wright/Getty ImagesDonald Trump speaks to a crowd of attendees in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Thursday. Ty Wright/Getty Images

It was a year of political hallmarks for Pappas. The first time volunteering for a campaign. The first time attending a political rally. And the first (and second and third) time putting a sign for a candidate in her front yard.

“I’m not giving up,” she said, after enlisting to join in Trump’s campaign at a squat building a few blocks off the beach. “There are a lot of closet Trump supporters out there, and we just need to mobilize them. This is the year we flip back.”

Barring a monumental shake-up in other battleground states, he’ll lose the race if he loses Florida. He needs a surge of political newcomers to capture Florida’s 29 Electoral College votes and salvage a dwindling chance to win the White House – and he’s spending a huge chunk of his time in the final stretch of the race there. 

Read more: Florida, once again, could decide the presidential election

The rest of our Shifting South series:

The region: Why the South is anything but solid for either Clinton or Trump

Alabama: Why Alabama is Trump’s red-state constant

Virginia: Changing demographics drive Virginia’s purple reboot

North Carolina: A Trump-Clinton battle royale in a bitter battleground

South Carolina: Democrats enjoy a fleeting moment of parity

Texas: In land of Cruz, GOP message is ‘We have to go with who we have’

Interactive: Shifting South: Political trends that shape the region


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