CNN’s Jeff Zeleny caught up with several longtime Florida Republicans who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 who now say they have no intention of supporting him again in November.
While Trump defeated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Florida four years ago, recent polls show him trailing the former vice president by an average of 7.1%, according to FiveThirtyEight.
According to retired banker and former Trump supporter John Dudley, 77, the president “blew it.”
“We were so excited in the beginning. A businessman to run our country like a business and it hasn’t happened,” he explained while admitting he has voted Republican his entire life.
“We’ve got to get a new guy. Our President is erratic,” he explained, adding, “All he’s succeeded in doing is juicing up the stock market. Now that’s gone to pot because of the coronavirus.”
Marsha Lundh, 77, says she too plans to vote for former Vice President Joe Biden.
“I hoped that I would be wrong in not voting for him and that he would turn out to be a great president, but it didn’t happen,” she explained. “Everything could have been handled better and should have been handled better. Now is a chance to change things.”
Paula Schelling told CNN she abandoned the Republican Party because she couldn’t take President Trump anymore.
“I had to change parties. I could not do this anymore,” the retired 74-year-old former teacher recalled. “As I saw his interactions with foreign countries, how they were laughing at us, it just fortified my thoughts.”
Donna Lukas, who heads up the Pinellas County Democratic club, says she is hearing from more and more seniors who prefer Biden in 2020.
“There are more Democrats now than there used to be in years past,” she explained. “People seemed to have a hatred of Hillary for a variety of reasons, but I’m not hearing as much negativity about Joe. I know some Republicans who are definitely not voting for Trump and are probably going to vote for Biden.”