All attention now is rightly focused on getting people to evacuate, prepare for and survive Hurricane Matthew - which by various measures is predicted to be one of the worst storms to hit Florida in recorded history. (If you're there, you don't need me to tell you. But if they're telling you to leave, LEAVE!) But the political consequences could also be significant. Florida is always a critical state. (At the moment the PollTracker Average has Clinton ahead by 5.7 percentage points - not terribly close. But that could and likely will change.) And the election is only about 30 days away.
The storm appears set to hit the state's Democratic heartland in coastal South Florida. Of course, there are Democrats and Republicans throughout the state. But the state's Democratic votes are concentrated into highly populous counties on the southern coastal strip in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties. That's exactly where Matthew appears likely to hit.
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