Soul crushing & # 39 ;: Trump wave baffles Florida Democrats - Politico

Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum.

The two men could not have been different, so the leading democrat Fernand Amandi wondered if it was a question of organization and tactics. | Daniel Ducassi / POLITICO

TALLAHASSEE – The blue wave in Florida was defied on Tuesday by a red turnout.

The only Democrat, Sen. Bill Nelson, elected across the state of Florida, was on his way to losing his place. The exciting new candidate of the party for governor, Andrew Gillum, admitted. Democrats working for the Prosecutor General and the Chief Financial Officer of the State all lost; and candidate candidate Democratic agricultural commissioner on his way to a recount. The legislature is still controlled by Republicans.

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Tuesday night brought two truths home: Florida is Trump Country, and the Democratic Party in Florida is losing what an activist & # 39; reports & # 39; defeats the soul.

The failure of Democrats to win the high-profile races in an important presidential swing state tempered the party's Tuesday night triumph in taking back control of the House of Representatives.

For the third consecutive general election in a row, the top candidates of the Democratic Party of Florida were thrown into the bar. But unlike previous election losses, there are no easy scapegoats, no simple answers to what happened to Gillum and Nelson, who did not admit the race.

Gillum is the new, young face of the party, 39 years old, black and describes himself as "unashamedly progressive." Nelson is the face of the old guard, 76 years old, white and someone who campaigns as a non-frontational moderate.

The two men could not have been different, so the leading democrat Fernand Amandi wondered if it was a question of organization and tactics.

"Democrats in Florida continue to make the same strategic mistakes, cycle after cycle, and then cry when they fail once again, and we can not continue working like the general election campaign starts the night after the primary," Amandi said. "Instead of starting two months, the party must seriously consider investing two years in research and aid if they ever hope to defeat the Republican colossus and color Florida blue."

The party had some victories. It threw two congress chairs in Miami-Dade County, held by Republicans, and converted a net of six Florida House seats. However, the Florida legislature remains firmly controlled by the GOP. Florida Senate Democrats also won none of their targeted races, but one of the matches is on the way to a recount.

Tuesday's results from Gillum and Nelson were that their opponents Gov. Rick Scott and former Rep. Ron DeSantis were two top actors at Trump. Their performance will only encourage Trump if he wins the selection path of the re-election 2020 in Florida, his second home, that he won in 2016.

For Democrats this meantime had to be a warming to attack Trump.

Throughout Florida, the Democratic Party worked this year on an unprecedented field campaign in collaboration with two liberal groups – For Our Future and the Win Justice Coalition – which were aimed at voters with low propensity, including young people and minorities. Judging by the turnout of early voters before the election day, the attempt was successful, as record numbers of young people and voters in the minority turned out to be this interim period compared to the previous one.

But older, white voters also appeared in large numbers. And older, white voters have higher turnout figures.

Meanwhile, the white voice increasingly coalesces around the Republican party in the Trump era, leading to a racially distributed political system. The Democratic Party of Florida is now non-white majority, while the Republican Party of Florida, compared with the general population demographics in Florida, is disproportionately white.

The racial reorganization of the parties may be detrimental to the Democratic Party, which is increasingly dependent on voters with low attendance rates, while the most reliable demographic demographer turns to the GOP.

"I agree with the Democratic strategists on the left who have recognized their problem with the white electorate for more than four years now, and I once failed to see this election. [Gillum’s] Campaign acknowledge that problem, "said Ryan Tyson, assistant political director for Associated Industries from Florida, a conservatively leaning business group that is a center for in-depth political research in the state.

The results of Tuesday also showed that the strongholds of the Democratic Party, especially in the two largest districts of Miami-Dade and Broward, had some of the lowest attendance rates in the state – even after a campaign without votes to get them to vote.

Democratic adviser Steve Schale was one of the Democrats who still wavered from Tuesday night. He acknowledged that the party had several problems, but he was not sure how to solve them.

"We need to find a way to talk to those people in an authentic way," Schale said. "It is not just a problem that we have here."

The day before the elections, a Democratic organizer acknowledged that party importers were nervous about the strong early mood of Republicans on their way to the election day. The person said double losses by Nelson and Gillum would be his "soul crushing."

The Democratic Party in Florida has been at a slow pace since the 1990s, when the Republicans took over the Florida legislature. In 1999, the newly elected Jeb Bush became the first Republican governor since Reconstruction with a legislative power controlled by the GOP. The legislators of that era changed the policies and policies of the state, ensuring that Florida was a friendly state for wealthy retirees who are still drawing to it and reinforcing the ranks of Republican voters.

In 2002, Bush easily won the re-election and oversaw the full acquisition of the Florida Cabinet by the Republicans.

At the time, the former Democratic state Rep. Dan Gelber joked that Democrats "fell to the bottom of the abyss and found … more abyss."

Asked about where the party is going from here, said Gelber, who is now the Mayor of Miami: "If any of us had the answer, we would not be in the desert for 20 years."