Former Gillum campaign official: Florida is 'Trump country'

A Democratic strategist on Friday rejected recent polling showing President TrumpDonald John TrumpLiz Cheney: 'Send her back' chant 'inappropriate' but not about race, gender Booker: Trump is 'worse than a racist' Top Democrat insists country hasn't moved on from Mueller MORE struggling with support in Florida, insisting the swing-state remains "Trump country."

Geoff Burgan, who worked as an adviser to former Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, pushed back on the findings of the poll released this week.

The Bendixen & Amandi International poll found that a majority of Florida voters, 53 percent, said they don't believe Trump should be reelected in 2020. Forty percent of registered voters in the poll said they think he should get a second term.

“The other day, a poll came out saying Trump was in deep trouble in Florida ... I don’t agree with that,” Burgan, a former communications director for Gillum, said on “Rising.”

“Florida, right now is Trump country,” he added.

Burgan noted Gillum’s hotly contested governor’s race against incumbent Rep. Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisFlorida public schools will be required to provide mental health education for students To win over Midwesterners, Democrats should rethink school choice stance DeSantis wants statue of civil rights activist to replace Confederate figure on Capitol Hill MORE (R), a close ally of Trump. Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, lost to DeSantis after a historic recount, which showed Gillum trailing by almost 34,000 votes.

“We just ran a very, very tough race against now the governor, we now have a U.S. senator," he said, referring to DeSantis and GOP Sen. Rick Scott, who was governor of Florida before winning his Senate race in the 2018 midterms.

“I think Trump is going to pour everything they can into Florida,” Burgan added. 

Trump won Florida in the 2016 election, defeating Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGeorge Takei: US has hit a new low under Trump Democrats slam Puerto Rico governor over 'shameful' comments, back protesters Matt Gaetz ahead of Mueller hearing: 'We are going to reelect the president' MORE by roughly 120,000 votes.

—Tess Bonn