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GOP Miami mayor does not commit to voting for Trump

GOP Miami mayor does not commit to voting for Trump
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Miami Mayor Francis SuarezFrancis SuarezNew York's wealthy could face 51.8 percent tax rate: report Bipartisan Biden to America's rescue Miami Mayor proposes resolution offering to pay employees in bitcoin MORE (R) declined to commit to voting for President TrumpDonald TrumpKushner lands book deal, slated for release in 2022 Biden moves to undo Trump trade legacy with EU deal Progressives rave over Harrison's start at DNC MORE in November, saying he wants to see more from both the president and his presumptive Democratic opponent, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenMellman: Trump voters cling to 2020 tale FDA authorizes another batch of J&J vaccine Cotton warns of China collecting athletes' DNA at 2022 Olympics MORE, before making his decision.

“I want to see what both candidates have to offer for the urban communities before making up my mind on who I’m going to support," Suarez, 42, told Politico.

Suarez's apprehension to fully support Trump underscores the tough battle the president faces in a crucial battleground state that he won by just 1.2 percentage points in 2016 against former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonProgressives rave over Harrison's start at DNC Hillary Clinton backs Manhattan DA candidate in first endorsement of year NSA leaker Reality Winner released from federal prison MORE.

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RealClearPolitics's average of polls currently gives Biden a five-point lead over Trump, 48-43, though a recent survey by Republican pollster Trafalgar Group showed the two candidates tied.

Both of Florida's senators — Rick Scott and Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioPast criticism of Trump becomes potent weapon in GOP primaries Lawmakers urge Biden to be tough on cybersecurity during summit with Putin Five years after the Pulse nightclub massacre the fight for LGBTQ+ rights continues MORE — as well as Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisDeSantis signs law mandating daily moment of silence in Florida schools Sunday shows preview: Biden foreign policy in focus as Dem tensions boil up back home Demings raises million after announcing Senate bid against Rubio MORE are Republicans, but all three have also polled better with Floridians than Trump has during the coronavirus pandemic.

With 29 electoral votes, the Sunshine State is crucial for Trump if he hopes to win reelection. The president, who switched his official residency from New York to Florida in 2019, is slated to visit Miami on Friday. Suarez has expressed his expectations that Trump wear a mask during his visit, a requirement of the city.

“The president is expected to follow the rules, just like everybody else,” Suarez said.

Trump last week said that he had "no problem" with wearing a mask, but hasn't done so in his most recent in-person campaign stops, including South Dakota, Arizona and Oklahoma.