Monday, October 31, 2016
Donald Trump closes in with enthusiasm gap over Hillary Clinton
At WTIMES by S.A. Miller --
George Gold has voted Democrat in every presidential election since he cast his first ballot for John F. Kennedy in 1960, but he is breaking the streak this year to back Donald Trump, caught up in the anti-establishment fervor that has become the Republican nominee’s best hope for a Nov. 8 surge against Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Mr. Gold, a Jewish New Yorker who moved to the Sunshine State two decades ago, is an unexpected rider on the Trump train, and his unbridled excitement about upending the status quo in Washington demonstrates the enthusiasm gap benefiting Mr. Trump.
“I want a change. I want to shake things up in Washington,” said Mr. Gold, a 78-year-old owner of a small publishing business. “People in the United States have just had enough. Even if you think there are questions about Trump, the country needs a change. We are going downhill, and [Mrs. Clinton] represents the cronyism, the favors, the pay to play.”
Mr. Trump tapped into the anti-establishment undercurrents that have been building in the electorate for decades. He is relying on the energy of the moment to put him over the top in Florida and other battleground states on his narrow path to the 270 electoral votes needed to take the White House.