Depressed Dems begin to abandon Florida as donor money dries up: ‘It’s over. And it’s going to be ugly’

Leftist organizations and worse yet, donors, have abandoned Democratic candidates in Florida causing fear and panic among liberals that the state is no longer viable and that a red wave will sweep the Sunshine State in the midterm elections.

The implications for that stretch into the 2024 presidential election and it looks really, really bad for Democrats at this point.

Florida Democrats are bracing for a very bad night on Nov. 8 as Republicans stand to win “bigly.” That’s less than two weeks away and the tears have already begun to flow. Many have signaled that the key races in the state are a lost cause and they are pointing fingers of blame at one another already, especially over abortion and gun control, which are two losing issues in Florida.

The two big races are Rep. Val Demings (D) who is trying to unseat Sen. Marco Rubio (R), and Charlie Crist (D), who is challenging Gov. Ron DeSantis (R). Not only are Rubio and DeSantis expected to win, but anticipation is also building that they are about to stomp their leftist opponents into swamp mud. They are holding double-digit leads according to a new poll by the University of North Florida’s Public Opinion Research Lab.

FiveThirtyEight gives DeSantis a 97% chance of winning the race.

“The surprise in these numbers is that a statewide race in Florida is closer to a blowout than a recount,” Dr. Michael Binder, PORL faculty director and UNF political science professor, commented to Politco. “Florida has become a red state, it will likely take an exceptionally weak Republican candidate for Democrats to win statewide — and Rubio is not a weak candidate.”

“If Democrats follow this building national narrative and decide not to compete in Florida in 2024, it will be one of the most short-sighted decisions of the last 30 years,” Greg Goddard, who is a veteran Florida Democratic fundraiser, stated according to the media outlet. “Where do we think the pathway to winning a future presidential election lies?”

Politico interviewed over a dozen Democratic operatives, consultants, and elected officials who all claimed there is little optimism ahead of the midterms and they believe that Florida is lost to the Republican Party.

“The Democratic Governors Association spent just $685,000 this election cycle. It gave $14 million to Florida in the past two governor races,” the media site reported, making its point. “Big outside donor money has almost completely dried up. New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg contributed only $1.5 million to Democrats this cycle. He vowed $100 million to Florida in 2020.”

“Polling shows Republicans making headway in Miami-Dade County, which has long served as a blue stronghold,” Politico continued. “Democrats have collectively raised $29 million in the four non-federal statewide races. Republicans raised nearly $200 million.”

Democrats have been in a tizzy ever since former President Trump won in Florida in 2016 and 2020. Currently, there are nearly 300,000 more registered Republicans than Democrats statewide.

State Sen. Jason Pizzo, a Democrat who represents part of South Florida, pointed out that President Biden has visited the state only twice since becoming president.

“What have Democrats done? Not enough,” Pizzo commented to Politico, understating the situation by several magnitudes.

Crowds showing up for DeSantis and Rubio are large and enthusiastic. The same can hardly be said for Democrats. It feels like they’ve already thrown in the towel and are raising the white flag.

DeSantis is unstoppable and although it is doubtful he would challenge Trump in the next presidential election, it’s more than conceivable he could be the former president’s choice for VP or that he will go for the White House in 2028.

“I think Ron DeSantis will win Miami-Dade County,” Evan Ross, who is a longtime South Florida-based Democratic consultant, asserted. “Democratic voters are not at all excited or motivated by Charlie’s campaign. Right now, I think it will be close, but I think DeSantis beats Crist here.”

“Ross recently conducted polling in Miami-Dade County that found roughly 15 percent of Democrats saying they would not vote for Crist, while 5 percent of Republicans said they wouldn’t vote for DeSantis. In the county, DeSantis’ approval rating with Republicans is plus-89 percent, while Crist’s approval rating is just plus-49 with Democrats. Democrats still lead Republicans in overall voter registration numbers in Miami-Dade, more than 575,000 to 435,000-plus, though that gap is decreasing,” Politico said.

“The only thing that might give Charlie Crist a chance of becoming governor would be DeSantis aggressively campaigning for him over the next two weeks,” Ross quipped. “Translation: It’s over. And it’s going to be ugly.”

“What it means for Democrats is we need to reset how we define ourselves,” Ross remarked. “We can’t have candidates who attempt to walk the line on issues. You know, for the most part, where Ron DeSantis stands on every issue. Donald Trump did the same thing. We need to take strong positions.”

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