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Demings on Florida: 'We're excited about what we're seeing' but 'taking absolutely nothing for granted'

Rep. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsSeven Senate races to watch in 2022 Demings on Florida: 'We're excited about what we're seeing' but 'taking absolutely nothing for granted' Why it's time for a majority female Cabinet MORE (D-Fla.) said the Biden campaign is “taking absolutely nothing for granted” in Florida despite what she said were hopeful signs in the critical swing state.

“If Joe BidenJoe BidenDobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' Should deficits matter any more? Biden's Cabinet gradually confirmed by Senate MORE and [Sen.] Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisSen. Patrick Leahy returns home after being hospitalized What the shift in Senate control means for marijuana policy reform Vice President Harris receives second dose of COVID-19 vaccine MORE [D-Calif.] win Florida, and we would expect if we win it, we win it early in the night, then it is over for President TrumpDonald TrumpBlinken holds first calls as Biden's secretary of State Senators discussing Trump censure resolution Dobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' MORE,” Demings said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

“We are taking absolutely nothing for granted here on the ground,” she added, citing the slim margins of victory in the state in recent elections. “We’re excited about what we’re seeing on the ground, but understand me clearly, we are taking absolutely nothing for granted, because we know, regardless of what the numbers are, it’s going to be a close race.”

CBS’ Margaret Brennan also questioned Demings about reports of a lack of enthusiasm for the Democratic ticket by younger Black voters, as well as lower rates of early voting by Black and Latino voters.

Demings responded by pointing to Democratic efforts to raise awareness of mail-in voting early in the coronavirus pandemic.

“A lot of the voters who would probably be standing in the long lines, and we’re excited about the long lines, don’t get me wrong, actually chose to get their ballots by mail and are returning them that way,” she said. “We have to continue to communicate to our voters. We’ve been on the phone, we’ve been knocking on doors this past weekend, we’ve been having multiple virtual events, and we are continuing to talk to the voters to help get them to the polls.”