“People don’t necessarily disclose who they’re going to vote for,” Ms. Roeder said. That morning, at the ophthalmologist, she had seen another patient with a Biden-Harris baseball cap.
“I told her, ‘I like your cap,’ she said. “And then someone said to him, ‘I like that too.'”
The excitement is even more palpable among Republicans, however.
Last week, Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and senior adviser, gathered supporters at an outdoor venue just east of Interstate 75 in Lee County. The delighted fans left with big smiles, posing for photos and chatting with other attendees. Only some wore masks. Almost all said they had no qualms about the president’s handling of the pandemic.
“I just love the energy of this crowd,” said Gail Mount, 68, of Port Charlotte. “They are just very optimistic people.”
At the Republican Party headquarters in Fort Myers, tucked away in a mall between a pizzeria and an escape room, Doris Cortese, the 81-year-old vice-president of the party, sported a red, white and blue manicure with the letters TRUMP spelled out. on her nails.
Ms Cortese said people of all ages have volunteered – “We are getting millennials!” She said – and predicted that retiree support for Mr. Trump would increase, not decrease.
“I’m in the office four days a week and we are welcoming more and more seniors,” she said. “The fact that Trump is going to lower prescription prices” – a goal he touted in Fort Myers this month – “is a big deal with the elderly, because some of them almost have to do a choice between eating and having their medication. ”