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Republicans hold big ballot lead ahead of Election Day

It all comes down to Tuesday after months of preparation, and Florida Democrats’ chances don’t seem promising.

Republicans received a significant number of early in-person votes despite the fact that more than a million party members cast mail-in ballots this season.

According to the most recent state data released on Monday, the GOP is up by around 320,000 votes as of election day. This is around ten times the advantage Democrats held during the 2018 midterm election campaign.

Republicans believe that all of this will lead to possible supermajorities in the state Legislature and a significant reelection victory for Governor Ron DeSantis.

According to Helen Ferré, executive director of the Florida GOP, “if we continue to be tuned with what the community is saying and feeling—and continue to be an advocate for what is essential to our communities—we’ll do well.”

Numerous surveys indicate that DeSantis might win by double digits and that he is likely to surpass former President Donald Trump’s Florida 2020 margin of 3.3 percentage points, according to many pundits. Since voters re-elected former governor Jeb Bush in 2002, it hasn’t happened.

Political analysts believe Democrats will have a lot to think about over the next two years if the red wave predictions come true.

Professor emerita Dr. Susan MacManus from the University of South Florida stated that the party would require a comprehensive strategy, reassessing how and who they are targeting.

They need to make changes and take a closer look at the demographics of Democratic candidate supporters, according to MacManus. “They really need to find a method to relate to and connect with younger people,”

Democrats keep urging people to submit the numerous uncounted mail-in votes. The party still had roughly 800,000 votes in the hands of voters as of Monday morning.

Charlie Crist’s campaign for governor declared Friday that it was aiming for a strong showing from Democrats on Election Day as well as to win over independents and perhaps some disgruntled Republicans.

Vote for what’s actually affecting you, Karla Hernández, a running companion of Crist, said. “Don’t let, you know, the description on your voter ID card lead you down a particular path,” the person said.

Success will be challenging for Crist since Republicans traditionally show out in greater numbers on election day, giving them an even greater electoral advantage.

Tuesday’s polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time. Votes were anticipated to be counted as soon as feasible, according to a recent press release from Florida Secretary of State Cord Byrd.

Byrd stated in a statement, “The Department has strengthened election integrity in preparation for this election so Florida voters may remain confident that their ballots will be counted accurately and on time. “I have also met with each of Florida’s 67 election supervisors, and I can declare with certainty that each Supervisor is prepared to help their constituents and conduct a successful election.”

Cedric Blackwater
Cedric Blackwater
Cedric is a journalist with over a decade of experience reporting on local US news, and touching on many global topics. He is currently the lead writer for Bulletin News.

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