2016 Republicans try to capture some magic at Disney World
Republicans sought to find some magic at Walt Disney World on Tuesday, speaking to Floridia donors and voters as they look to get a foothold in the state that’s voted for the winning president in the last nine out of 10 presidential elections.
“The likely next president is going to be speaking today,” the host of the event and Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott said at the start of the event, as he held court and touted his own policies and Florida’s successes.
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Some of the 2016 field’s most competitive Republicans – a mix of declared and likely candidates – spoke at the event: Governors Mike Huckabee, Chris Christie, Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry, Scott Walker, and Jeb Bush all scheduled addresses; Sen. Marco Rubio addressed the crowd by video message.
Two of the seven have home-field advantage: Bush, the state’s former governor, and Rubio, the state’s sitting senator, are leading the pack in polling in the state, earning 30% and 31% respectively. For the other five, it’s an uphill battle: one of the current frontrunners, Walker, is considering skipping the state’s primary battle altogether, according to reports.