Republican Donald Trump, fighting through polls that suggest his presidential bid is slipping away, launched a campaign blitz Sunday in must-win Florida, where he will spend three days trying to avoid a loss in his second-home state.
Trump flew into Collier County Fairgrounds, in Republican-safe Southwest Florida, on his helicopter to an eager crowd of more than 3,000 people Sunday.
“Are we glad that I started (campaigning)? Are we happy?” Trump said. “Well, I’ll let you know on the evening of November 8th whether I’m glad.”
By 9 a.m. Monday, a line of voters already snaked out the door of Collier County's library headquarters on Orange Blossom Drive in North Naples.
With early voting underway, polls stayed busy throughout what election officials said was a record day and cars overflowed from the library's parking lot into the street.
Candidates for Collier County commission talked about ways to prepare for population growth during a forum Wednesday night.
Two seats on the five-member commission are up for grabs in November. Democrat Annisa Karim faces Republican Burt Saunders in the race for District 3, which spans Golden Gate and parts of East Naples and North Naples along the Interstate 75 corridor. In District 5, which covers Golden Gate Estates, Immokalee and Everglades City, Republican Bill McDaniel is running against Democrat Tamara Paquette.
Saunders and Karim both said during the forum hosted by the Naples Daily News they will bring back a referendum asking voters if they want to re-institute Conservation Collier, a voluntary tax used to buy up pockets of preserve land throughout the county. Both said they oppose fracking and other alternative oil drilling methods in Southwest Florida.