Republican former U.S. Rep. David Jolly doubled down Tuesday evening on his expressed wish that Democrats win the 2018 mid-term elections as a check on President Donald Trump, saying he hoped that so that “we may be safer as a nation.”
A proposed ballot initiative that would automatically restore some felons’ voting rights after they complete their sentences now has more than 210,000 confirmed petition signatures, according to the Florida Division of Elections.
Trump’s 2016 victory in Florida was by just 1.2 percentage points, so next year’s contest likely pitting one of his top allies — Gov. Rick Scott — against third-term Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson will send a clear signal
According to unofficial returns from the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections, Mayor Rick Kriseman leads former Mayor Rick Baker by just a few dozen votes. Each candidate earned just over 48 percent of the vote.
Indeed, just seven months into the Trump presidency, Republicans and right-leaning independents have begun to contemplate the possibility of an organized bid to take down the sitting president in 2020.