Last month, Florida Dems appeared to have waved the white flag when it comes to the gubernatorial race. As reported by Politico, the Dem. Governors Association “Does not plan to give significant financial help to Florida Dems” hoping to take out Governor Ron DeSantis. While the DGA has become infuriated with those reports and insists that they are putting up a fight, one number certainly is not helping boost confidence.
“For the first time in modern history,” as reported by the Associated Press, “registered Republican voters outnumber Dems” in the sunshine state.
“Florida voters are picking the Republican Party over the Dem. Party because we value freedoms and liberty and reject Dem-led government control,” DeSantis stated last month. “This milestone moment reflects many years of hard work, combined with our success of common-sense conservative policies.”
According to the newest figures from the election agency in the state, there are 5,120,076 registered Republicans in Florida, 5,095,008 Dems, and 3.8 million voters that are unaffiliated.
The numbers have some Democrats on edge.
When Dems met recently for their yearly strategy conference, Annette Taddeo, a Dem state senator running for governor, stated there was a clear sense of the hardships ahead for the Democratic party.
“Of course this fight won’t be easy, but it is about so much more than just any one of us, and as Florida Dems, we have lost so many elections that pundits and donors have given up on us,” Taddeo stated. But, she added, “I think and I know we can win if we work to create the coalition of voters that are required to win in a state where these choices are made by 1% or less.”
With the 2022 election coming up, Democrats are confronting many disadvantages as they work to rebuild campaign networks and attempt to reignite excitement within their party. There is a growing worry that large donors and the national wing of the Democratic party might consider Florida to be Republican territory after years of losses that have scared the Democratic party in Florida.
“In the current state of Politics in America, and especially in Florida with as many large population centers and television markets, you’re going to need some more help,” said state Rep. Evan Jenne, a Dem. “It’s not as if voters in Florida can’t be swayed one way or the other. We need a bit more coordination with the national party.”
But going back to the Politico new report, whether that support will be there remains to be seen.
Author: Scott Dowdy