During the height of the Obama years there were almost 700,000 more Democrats registered to vote in Florida than Republicans. However, thanks to years of failed policies and the incoming Biden administration that gap has been lessened to 24,000.
Democrat strategists on the ground are blaming the national party for ignoring their needs and taking the state for granted.
“It feels a little bit like we’re kind of set up to fail,” one Florida Democratic official said. “It’s not any one person’s fault. A lot of these problems have existed for years. But for a party that has been decimated in the last few elections and especially the last one, I’m not seeing a sense of urgency yet.”
Famous Democrat strategist Steve Schale said that for the first time ever there may be more registered Republicans than Democrat in the Sunshine State.
“Without a full-frontal, professional and accountable partisan effort to turn it around, sometime before the end of this year, there will be more Republicans registered in Florida than Democrats — that has NEVER happened before,” Schale wrote. “And, given their voters have higher turnout scores — this isn’t a great place to start.”
Democrats in Florida have reported that they are having trouble raising money as well.
After raising $5.5 million in August, DeSantis’s political committee now boasts $53 million in the bank. His top Democratic opponents, Crist and state Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, have $2.48 million and $2.82 million in cash on hand, respectively.
Likewise, the Florida Democratic Party had only about $406,000 in its federal account at the end of August, while the state GOP reported more than $6.3 million in cash on hand, according to Federal Election Commission filings posted on Monday.
Lastly, Democrats can’t seem to find people to run against Republicans. Currently they have no one to challenge the Republicans for the Attorney General and other offices.
Florida used to be a swing state but now it is turning deep red.