TAMPA, Fla. — We're just two months away from another presidential election -- the 58th one in U.S. history.
This year, the election will be like none before.
A new USA Today/Suffolk University poll released Wednesday showed Joe Biden seven points ahead of President Donald Trump. That lead is actually down from 12 points back in June.
But, if we learned anything from the 2016 presidential election, you can't depend on the polls to predict the outcome.
"There were a lot of contradictions in the last election because both candidates were disliked, so people were picking the one they disliked the most but weren't being honest with pollsters on why they were choosing and who they were choosing. And that's why there was a lot of under polling in the last election," said Lars Hafner, 10 Tampa Bay's political analyst.
Hafner said historically, how the I-4 corridor goes Florida goes. That's because there are more moderate voters from St. Pete to Daytona Beach as opposed to northern and southern parts of the state.
He said for this election, the Tampa Bay region specifically could determine the presidency.
"This region has gone both ways. They voted for Obama in the past and then they voted for Trump in the past and if we see higher numbers coming out for one or the other candidate coming out of the Tampa Bay market, it could actually give us the wave of how Florida is going."
Hafner also said not to forget the rest of the ballot. The legislative races are more important than ever because after this year's census, districts will be redrawn. So, take the time to do your research before you vote.
- Florida approved for $300 federal unemployment payments, but the money won’t last long
- Florida cuts ties with Quest Diagnostics after lab failed to report nearly 75K COVID-19 test results
- Fans disappointed in Bucs decision to start season without them, but health experts say it was the right call
- Straz, Tampa Theatre among large Hillsborough County venues approved for CARES relief money
- Can someone get the coronavirus twice?
►Breaking news and weather alerts: Get the free 10 Tampa Bay app
►Stay In the Know! Sign up now for the Brightside Blend Newsletter