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Election date 'immovable' despite coronavirus pandemic says Big Bend political consultant

Posted at 11:57 PM, Oct 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-02 23:57:31-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — As the president's health raises uncertainty about what's to come for the campaign trail ABC27's Kristian Thomas reached out to a local expert to find out what we can expect as we head toward this year's election.

President Trump's hospitalization at Walter Reed has people asking questions about what this means for the election come November.

Trimmel Gomes a political consultant in Tallahassee says while we've never seen something quite like this before. Pushing back the election would be an extreme outcome.

"At this point in time the election is a set date and it will go on and go forward," said Gomes. "That is immovable."

After pushing to reopen the country and heavily attended rallies while campaigning, Gomes says Trump's diagnosis could make voters think again.

"It will definitely be impactful in a negative way now to be stricken with the virus himself," Gomes said. "What will he say from here?"

Gomes says he wouldn't be surprised if the Trump team changed the way the campaign operates once the president recovers.

"Things likely will go virtual," said Gomes. "Most of his events will have to pivot to go virtual in addition to switching the messaging around the coronavirus."

Experts say transparency matters.

"Hopefully he gets better, so we really need information," Gomes said. "Transparent and truthful information coming out of the white house about the president's condition.