Submitted by alvin on Sat, 2016-07-23 10:20 The GOP (Republican convention) has taken place with Donald Trump being endorsed as the Republican nominee. Bernie Sanders has endorsed Hillary Clinton to be the next presidential candidate for the Democrats. Both have promised to make the US a better country. Hillary brings to the table a lifetime of experience in politics. On the other hand, Donald Trump, a billionaire with a dubious business record, is the man challenging her. Donald Trump has taken the political route of playing on the racial fears and hatred of the majority white people in the US. His slogan ‘I will make America great again’ really means ‘I will make America white again’. No doubt this ‘black versus white’, ‘Hispanic versus white’ has struck a chord with rural, uneducated white men who feel their jobs are being taken away by better educated, tech savvy non-whites. Hillary on the other hand has embraced some of Bernie Sanders’ economic and political ideas, which has helped her to bridge the gap with the younger generation of white voters, who are largely students or graduates who have to repay huge educational loans. According to the latest NBC News poll, both Hillary and Trump are almost neck and neck, with 46 percent electorate favouring Hillary Clinton and 45 percent, Donald Trump. Though the sample survey is extremely small, consisting of 9,353 adults, the entire election is for the 270 electoral votes, out of the little over 500 electoral votes needed to become the president of the US. No one has won the presidency without winning in Florida. Florida is a toss-up state where between 56 percent and 61 percent are Democrats and the third most populous state in the US with 29 electoral votes. These toss-up states are going to make the difference. It all boils down to how each candidate will be able to get their ‘party faithful’ to turn up and vote. In the past 6 presidency elections, Florida voters cast more than 40 million votes, siding with the Democrats and Republicans 3 times each. In 2012, they voted strongly for Obama. Will they vote for Hillary this time?