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Former Rep. Marjorie Turnbull, left, House District 9 candidate Allison Tant, middle, and Rep. Loranne Ausley in Tallahassee on Oct. 27, 2020.

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‘The soul of our nation is at stake’: Loranne Ausley, colleagues urge women to support Joe Biden

The trio represented the region’s past, present and future female lawmakers.

A female trio of Democratic leaders gathered in Tallahassee on Tuesday to urge women to vote early for former Vice President Joe Biden.

Speaking from outside the Leon County Courthouse, former Rep. Marjorie Turnbull, Rep. Loranne Ausley and HD 9 candidate Allison Tant warned the outcome of the 2020 Presidential Election will have dramatic consequences for women.

They encouraged women to defend each other, their families and the country at the polls.

“The soul of our nation is at stake,” Ausley said, garnering head nods from her colleagues.

Turnbull, who represented Florida’s 9th District from 1994 until 2000, described Biden as a politician who has demonstrated care for women and families throughout his career. She praised his Vice Presidential, Kamala Harris, applauded his marital relationship with Jill Biden and highlighted some of his past legislation.

On the other hand, she argued President Donald Trump has ignored many of America’s “time-honored values,” including respect for women.

“Over the past four years, we’ve witnessed a President who has expressed disdain for women by belittling them, calling them names and using indecent language to describe his own relations with women,” Turnbull said.

The “past, present and future” press conference comes as Democrats find themselves holding their breath amid a surge of Republican voters to the polls. Democrats for weeks had reveled in achieving a historic lead over Republicans through vote-by-mail ballots. Now, however, Republicans have begun to turn the tide with in-person early voting.

While the circumstances share a few similarities with the 2016 Presidential Election, Tant countered that women will come out in force for Biden.

“This year, I think people are more motivated than they’ve ever been to vote,” she said. “I think that women have seen the consequences of staying home and letting other people make decisions for them.”

As of Tuesday morning, registered Democrats have cast just over 299,000 more ballots than registered Republicans.

Election Day is Nov. 3.

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Jason Delgado covers news out of the state capital for Florida Politics. After a stint with the U.S. Army, Jason attended the University of Central Florida where he studied American Policy and National Security. His past bylines include WMFE-NPR and POLITICO Florida. Throw him a line at jason@floridapolitics.com or on Twitter at @JasonDelgadoFL.

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