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How This Conservative Florida County Became A Surprise 2020 Battleground

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American history teacher Monique Sampson recently decided to vote for Joe Biden. She still doesn’t like plenty of Biden’s policies, and she’s not thrilled he’s the presumptive Democratic nominee. But a summer of chaos has made her reassess her politics. Before COVID-19 and before the death of George Floyd, Monique Sampson said she thought Joe Biden and President Trump were “different wings on the same bird.”

The 23-year-old American history teacher with dangling earrings that proclaim, “A woman’s place is in the struggle,” had been hoping for a Bernie Sanders presidency. She still doesn’t like plenty of Biden’s policies — and she’s not thrilled he’s the presumptive Democratic nominee. But a summer of chaos has made her reassess her own politics.

“For a very long time I wasn’t going to vote for [Biden],” Sampson said. “And then COVID happened. And I was like, ‘You know what, he sucks,’ for lack of a better term. But he’s not criminal. His actions aren’t criminal in the sense that he wouldn’t view 150,000 deaths as progress.”

Sampson’s story is part of a larger shift underway in Florida’s Duval County — one that mirrors many of the headwinds facing President Trump in large swaths of the […]

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