Eyes on the Florida prize as the state votes in the middle of a pandemic

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- As Florida voters head to the polls in the middle of a pandemic, their federal representatives believe the outcome could paint a clear picture of what’s to come in the race for the White House.

Floridians are hitting the polls in the middle of a pandemic. (Source: Gray DC)

Florida lawmakers on Capitol Hill are closely watching how their constituents are voting amid this COVID-19 pandemic. 219 delegates are up for grabs in the Democratic primary. That’s the most of any state voting today.

“Florida is a mixture...a melting pot of people,” said Rep. Al Lawson (D-FL).

Lawson thinks whoever wins his state will be the presidential nominee.

“I think people are looking to Florida to see what we’re going to do,” said Lawson.

Lawson is backing Vice President Joe Biden, but his main focus is on beating President Donald Trump in November. Lawson acknowledges the pressure is on for voting to go off without a hitch. He’s confident things will go smoothly.

“We’re going to do well and we’re not going to have the same hiccups that we’ve had before,” said Lawson.

Vote counting is something Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) knows well.

“I only had to win my election three times!” said Scott.

Scott went through two recounts in 2018. And Floridians will never forget the 2000 presidential election recount. Scott agrees with Lawson that election security and accuracy are on the right track. But unlike Lawson, he would not tell us which Democrat he prefers to face President Trump come November when Florida will likely take the national spotlight again.

“The world revolves around Florida. Doesn’t it?” said Scott.

Only one more state has a bigger delegate reward the rest of this primary season, New York on April 28th. But by that point we could have a clear picture of who the Democratic nominee might be.

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