Dems in FL retirement oasis come out of the shadows

With less than two weeks to go before the U.S. presidential election, emotions are running high in the central Florida retirement community known as The Villages - a spot long coveted by Republican candidates for its high voter turnout.

This sprawling retirement complex has helped Republicans secure thiscrucial swing state’s 29 electoral college votes on the path to the White House.

In Sumter County, where The Villages is located, Republican voter registration outnumbers Democrats by more than two-to-one, according to the county’ selection departments.

Here, the president still has an abundance of supporters.

[TRUMP VOTER DORA MILLS] “It’s the economy I think he’s done a wonderful job and he speaks for the people and he follows, tries to follow the constitution and so I’m a big believer in that.”

But this senior community has seen a change this year, as Biden voters have decided to come out of the shadows.

[BIDEN VOTER ALLEN FIELDS] “The person in the White House has offended me so greatly on almost everything he’s done from taxes, foreign policy. (flash) I appreciate truth in my elected officials and I think they should live up to a higher standard. (flash) Now I like Biden, I liked him as a vice president and I think he’ll do a good job and I think Kamala will do a good job too.”

These Democratic supporters are becoming more active - taking part in golf cart rallies that feature dozens and sometimes hundreds of carts headed to the polls.

Not without facing some backlash though…

[BIDEN SUPPORTER AND RETIREE LIVING IN THE VILLAGE, VIRGINIA GILLELAND] "Somebody's car got keyed that had a Biden sign so I don't put anything on my, well, I do actually but when I go to the store I take it off and put it in the trunk."

This community has seen high voter turnout thus far - already over 45 percent have cast their ballots since early voting began in Florida this week.

Beyond a few Biden golf carts in the villages - it's the rest of the state, according to some polls, that could present a problem for the president.

Polls have shown Trump, who won voters over 65 by 17 percentage points in 2016, to be running even or trailing Biden with senior voters this year in the state.

Video Transcript

- With less than two weeks to go before the US presidential election, emotions are running high in the central Florida retirement community known as The Villages, a spot long coveted by Republican candidates for its high voter turnout. This sprawling retirement complex has helped Republicans secure this crucial swing state's 29 electoral college votes on the path to the White House.

In Sumter County, where The Villages is located, Republican voter registration outnumbers Democrats by more than 2 to 1, according to the county's election departments. Here, the president still has an abundance of supporters.

DORA MILLS: The economy, I think he's done a wonderful job. And he-- he speaks for the people and he follows-- tries to follow the Constitution. And so I'm a big believer in that.

- But this senior community has seen a change this year, as Biden voters have decided to come out of the shadows.

ALLEN FIELDS: Well, the person in the White House has offended me so greatly on almost everything he's done, from taxes, foreign policy. I appreciate truth in my elected officials. And I think they should be live-- they should live up to a higher standard.

Now, I like Biden. I liked him as a vice president. And I think he'll do a good job. And I think Kamala will do a good job, too.

- These Democratic supporters are becoming more active, taking part in golf cart rallies that featured dozens and sometimes hundreds of carts headed to the polls, not without facing some backlash, though.

VIRGINIA GILLELAND: Somebody's car got keyed that had a Biden sign on it. So I don't put anything on my car. Well, I do, actually. And when I go to the store, I take it off and put it in a trunk. [LAUGHING]

- This community has seen high voter turnout thus far. Already, over 45% have cast their ballots since early voting began in Florida this week. Beyond a few golf carts in The Villages, it's the rest of the state that could present a problem for the president. Polls have shown Trump, who won voters over 65 by 17 percentage points in 2016, to be running even or trailing Biden with senior voters this year in the state.