Deland, Florida — Exactly one week after Hurricane Matthew’s landfall on Florida’s East
Coast, the Stanton campaign for U.S. Senate in Florida is in full motion with three full weeks remaining before the Nov. 8 general election.
Stanton’s DeLand home was impacted by the hurricane, though not severely. Just hours
prior to the storm hitting Volusia County, Stanton, and his campaign staff learned that they would be excluded from the Oct. 26 Senatorial debate at Broward College in south Florida. With a dangerous storm approaching, the Stanton campaign opted not to respond to the exclusion publicly—choosing instead to respond one week after the storm. The campaign did not feel it was appropriate to talk about debates with a potentially catastrophic hurricane approaching.
Even though his polling numbers in the PPP poll met the criteria laid out by Leadership Florida and the Florida Press Association—which chooses the candidates who will be invited—those entities disqualified the PPP polls and would not issue an invitation to Stanton. Republican incumbent Marco Rubio and his Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy have both been invited on Oct. 26. Stanton made a statement about the exclusion:
Stanton made a statement about the exclusion:
“For the record, I support the right of debate organizers to exclude me, even though it
probably violates federal election law. That being said, the media and debate organizers will continue being complicit with the political establishment until we the people demand
otherwise. I also support including the voices of the NPAswho are each polling much lower than me—in the debates as well.”
Stanton polled at 10-percent and 9-percent in the two PPP polls in September, which would qualify him for inclusion when the allowed margin-of-error was calculated in. These polls were disqualified. In the most recent PPP poll, Stanton polled at 19 percent with millennials and 18 percent with Hispanics. The debate committee chose instead to recognize a Mason-Dixon poll that had Stanton at 5-percent.This weekend, Stanton will attend a Community Candidate Forum in Orlando on Sunday from 3
This weekend, Stanton will attend a Community Candidate Forum in Orlando on Sunday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. It will be held at the Islamic Society of Central Florida, 1021 N Goldenrod Rd., Orlando, FL 32807 and Rubio, Murphy and Stanton have all been invited to attend, as well as local and state candidates for office running in the Orlando area. This forum was originally scheduled for last Sunday but was postponed because of Hurricane Matthew. The Stanton campaign encourages supporters and undecided voters to come out and hear Paul’s stance on the issues, as well as meet him afterward.