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Former Gillum campaign official: Florida is 'Trump country'

A Democratic strategist on Friday rejected recent polling showing President TrumpDonald TrumpUS, South Korea reach agreement on cost-sharing for troops Graham: Trump can make GOP bigger, stronger, or he 'could destroy it' Biden nominates female generals whose promotions were reportedly delayed under Trump 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 DeSantisRon DeSantisIt will be Vice (or) President Harris against Gov. DeSantis in 2024 — bet on it DeSantis, Pence tied in 2024 Republican poll Top Florida Democrat calls on FBI to investigate DeSantis over vaccine distribution 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 ClintonGraham: Trump can make GOP bigger, stronger, or he 'could destroy it' Hillicon Valley: China implicated in Microsoft breach | White House adds Big Tech critic | QAnon unfazed after false prediction Jill Biden redefines role of first lady MORE by roughly 120,000 votes.

—Tess Bonn