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Florida

SUPER STATE STRATEGY

Our primary objectives in Florida are to: 1) win the state’s 29 Electoral College votes and 2) break unified Republican control of the state government by flipping the Florida State House.

In the state House, we are currently targeting 18 districts—14 GOP-held seats and four Democratic holds. Winning the majority requires targets across the Sunshine State, with four districts near Tampa/St. Petersburg, three in the Orlando area, and eight in South Florida and the Miami metro area.

In the state Senate, we are currently targeting two GOP-held seats that Democrats are poised to flip now that the Republican incumbents are term-limited out of office.

By the numbers:

4

Seats needed to flip the state senate

14

Seats needed to flip the state house

29

Electoral College votes

Our Targets:

State Senate: SD-9, SD-39

State House: HD-15, HD-21, HD-26, HD-28, HD-29, HD-42, HD-59, HD-60, HD-69, HD-72, HD-84, HD-89, HD-93, HD-105, HD-115, HD-118, HD-119, HD-120

FL State Senate targets

FL State House targets

What's at stake

Gerrymandering

The Florida Supreme Court ordered lawmakers to redraw the state legislative district maps in 2015 because of extreme partisan gerrymandering. However, gerrymandering persists even today — with real consequences for Floridians.

Popular policies like Medicaid expansion (~60% approval in polls) and universal background checks for gun sales (~90% approval in polls) have not even been considered by the Legislature because of disproportionate partisan control.

Voting Rights

In 2018, an overwhelming majority of Floridians voted to restore voting rights for formerly incarcerated people.

Soon after, GOP lawmakers passed legislation withholding voting rights until formerly incarcerated people pay any outstanding legal fines and fees. An estimated 540,000 to 1,112,300 people may still be unable to vote in Florida because of this undue burden.

The Florida GOP is reversing the will of the people who voted to reinstate voting rights for people who were incarcerated. Democrats will fight to expand voting access for all those who are eligible in Florida.

Environment

Florida is the most at-risk state for climate change-related flooding. Tidal flooding in Florida has already increased by 352% since 2000.

In Miami-Dade and Broward Counties alone, there are 792,226 homes at risk of tidal flooding.

Electing Democratic leadership at all levels of government is the only way we’re going to protect Florida from the effects of climate change.


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