Bill Clinton Rally For Hillary Draws Nearly 1,200 In Jacksonville Friday

Oct 21, 2016

President Bill Clinton is the focus of hundreds of smartphones as he campaigns for his wife, Hillary, at the main branch of the Jacksonville Public Library on Oct. 21, 2016.
Credit Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT

President Bill Clinton campaigned for his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, at the library in downtown Jacksonville Friday afternoon as part of his "Stronger Together" bus tour of Florida.

Clinton was joined on stage by a number of well-known Florida Democrats including South Florida Congresswoman and former Democratic National Committee head Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Wasserman Schultz injected a bit of hopeful optimism, saying Democrats are poised to out-perform Republicans in the early voting arena.

“We will overtake Republicans in early votes,” she told the crowd. “And then we will roll on through the two weeks of early voting all the way to November 8th and make sure we put Florida in the blue column for Hillary Clinton.”

According to the Florida Secretary of State’s office, of the 900,000 Floridians who had returned their vote-by-mail ballots by Thursday, about 370,000 are Republicans, while more than 350,000 are Democrats.

Democrats tend to out-vote Republicans in in-person early voting, though.

Throughout the course of the rally, security escorted out two Clinton protesters. One was yelling, "Clinton is a racist!" as many in the crowd booed him.

Reporter Cyd Hoskinson can be reached at choskinson@wjct.org, 904-358-6351 or on Twitter at @cydwjctnews.