US midterm elections

Florida vote could signal Trump's fate

Democrats working overtime to turn the tide in key swing state

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For the first time, an African American candidate is in a contest for the governor’s seat in Florida. All eyes are on this critical race in which Democrat Andrew Gillum faces Republican Ron de Santis.
Democratic Party politician Donna Shalala (left) with former secretary of state Hillary Clinton at a lunch reception held as part of Ms Shalala's congressional campaign in Miami last Wednesday. Ms Shalala has described the Nov 6 midterm elections, se
Democratic Party politician Donna Shalala (left) with former secretary of state Hillary Clinton at a lunch reception held as part of Ms Shalala's congressional campaign in Miami last Wednesday. Ms Shalala has described the Nov 6 midterm elections, seen as a referendum on US President Donald Trump, as "the day when we take back our country". PHOTO: EPA-EFE
Democratic Party politician Donna Shalala (left) with former secretary of state Hillary Clinton at a lunch reception held as part of Ms Shalala's congressional campaign in Miami last Wednesday. Ms Shalala has described the Nov 6 midterm elections, se
Republican candidate Maria Elvira Salazar (above), a former journalist and television presenter, is battling Ms Shalala for the congressional seat in Miami.
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For 77-year-old Donna Shalala, Nov 6 is not a midterm election - it is also "judgment day", she says.

Ms Shalala, a former president of the University of Miami and Democratic Party politician who served as Secretary of Health and Human Services from 1993 to 2001 under then President Bill Clinton, is back and running for Congress on Nov 6.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 29, 2018, with the headline US midterm elections: Florida vote could signal Trump's fate. Subscribe