TAMPA, Fla. (WTSP) – With less than two weeks until voters head to the polls to decide who will be the next commander in chief, Hillary Clinton will make a campaign stop at the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in Tampa Wednesday afternoon to rally supporters and encourage early voting.
Currently, polls show Clinton leading Republican rival Donald Trump by three to five percentage points. However, with such a narrow lead, both candidates must still continue to campaign vigorously in the state to win Florida, a key state in this election.
“They're fighting very hard for Florida, again, because it's the most consequential state in the electoral college this year,” said 10News political analyst Lars Hafner. “Because without Florida, Trump has no pathway to victory, and the Clinton campaign knows that. So, if they stop him in Florida, game over."
Clinton’s stop in Tampa also signifies the weight voters in Hillsborough County carry across the state. “Where they go in the state will tell you the state of the race. If they come to the Tampa Bay area, that means the I-4 corridor’s still in play, and they’re just trying to solidify it,” said Hafner. “If they go to Miami-Dade, they’re just trying to crank up voter turnout.”
Hillsborough County is considered a bellwether county for presidential elections. In the last 13 elections, the county voted for the candidate who won Florida, and in eight of the last nine elections, it chose the candidate who went on to become president.
Clinton will speak at 2:45 p.m.