Florida Democrats haven’t been doing so well over the past several years. They got trounced in the 2018 gubernatorial election when then-candidate Ron DeSantis defeated Andrew Gillum.
Since DeSantis’ time as Florida’s governor, Democrats in the state lost the sizable voter registration advantage they had over Republicans. Now, there are over 200K more GOP voters in the Sunshine State than Democratic ones.
This year, DeSantis is up for reelection as governor. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is furthermore up for reelection.
As it stands today, both Florida Republicans are sweeping their left-wing competitors. A huge factor in the lag of Democrats in the state pertains to Joe Biden, as reported by Fox News.
A Breakdown of Florida’s Political Landscape
While DeSantis is handily leading Democratic opponent Charlie Crist, Rubio is also comfortably ahead of left-wing rival Val Demings.
Biden, for his part, has been openly supportive of Crist and Demings; though this may be doing both Florida Democrats more harm than good.
🚨 FLORIDA POLL By Mason Dixon
(R) Marco Rubio 47% (+6)
(D) Val Demings 41%
FL Biden Job Approval: 42/54
⦿ 800 RV
⦿ Sample: R43/D38/I19
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— InteractivePolls (@IAPolls2022) October 4, 2022
For one thing, Biden’s favorability rating in Florida is at a net negative, with 54% of the state disapproving of him. Florida Democrats getting an endorsement from an unpopular president, if anything, looks to be pushing state residents to vote for Republicans.
Recently, DeSantis secured the endorsement of Palm Beach County commissioner Dave Karner, who also happens to be a Democrat. Kerner cited Crist’s support for defunding law enforcement as one of the key reasons why he’s backing DeSantis for reelection.
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Many recent Florida transplants moved to the state for the purpose of escaping policies put through by leftist governors and legislatures. This, too, works against the efforts of Crist and Demings to win their political races.
Ultimately, DeSantis is all but guaranteed to win his election next month and the same applies to Rubio as well. There hasn’t been a single poll where either of these Republicans have been behind their Democratic rivals.
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— DeSantis War Room 🐊 #FloridaStrong (@DeSantisWarRoom) October 7, 2022
If nothing else, Biden’s leadership has reminded Americans (in and out of Florida) of how disastrous things can be when Democrats are running the show.
Before Hurricane Ian struck Florida back in September, Biden was scheduled to visit Orlando in order to rally in support of Crist and Demings. As it stands today, there’s no telling whether or not this rally will be back on.
Either way, though, Florida Democrats would do well to brace themselves for more losses come next month.
Do you think the failures of Joe Biden are ultimately sabotaging Democrats who want to win elections in Florida next month? Do you think Biden’s presence will also backfire on Democrats in other states who want to unseat GOP candidates?
In the comments area below, let us know your ideas.