Say goodbye to hanging chads and waiting weeks for results on election night from the great state of Florida. As Fox News adequately characterizes the “nation’s one-time premier swing state” is now a solid Red state.
Florida Republicans Senator Marco Rubio and Governor Ron DeSantis easily won their elections. “Most striking were the Republican victories in Miami-Dade County, a traditional Democratic stronghold in South Florida” writes The Hill.
The Hill explains the significance of the wins in detail:
Florida’s rightward trend has been years in the making. In 2016, for instance, then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton won Miami-Dade County by more than 29 percent of the vote. In 2020, President Biden carried it by just little more than 7 points.
Both years, former President Donald Trump carried the state overall.
Since then, things have only gotten more bleak for Democrats. About a year ago, Republicans surpassed Democrats in voting registrations for the first time in the state’s modern political history. That advantage has grown to more than 300,000.
At the same time, Florida saw itself stripped of several competitive congressional districts this year after the Republican-controlled state legislature approved a new political map pushed by DeSantis that created four new GOP-leaning seats.
Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar (R-Fla.) on Tuesday soundly defeated state Sen. Annette Taddeo in Florida’s Miami-based 27th District, the most competitive House district in the state. Democrats also lost in Florida’s 13th District, which was previously represented by Crist. That district was made less competitive for Democrats under the new congressional map.
Florida Democrats, meanwhile, have been roiled by internal disputes and fundraising woes for years. The state party found itself in a financial crisis two years ago that ultimately resulted in it allowing its employees’ health insurance lapse.
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Republican Representative Andy Biggs from border state Arizona, which is among the states suffering the greatest consequences from the Biden administration policies, lamented that Trump’s suggestion will be “necessary.”
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“And so when you start deporting people, and removing them from this country, what that does is that disincentivizes the tens of thousands of people who are coming,” Biggs went on. “And by the way, everyday down in Darién Gap, which is in Panama… over 5,000 people a day. [I] talk[ed] to one of my sources from the gap today. And I will just tell you, those people that you’ve seen come come in to Eagle Pass, over 7,000 in a three day period, most of those two weeks ago, were down crossing into the Darién Gap.”
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