Democrat officials are now openly admitting that the Democrats are not connecting with voters in Florida.
As Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) continues to shine, Democrats are beginning to panic.
But the Pasco County Democratic Party head is skeptical that Florida Democrats can capitalize on it to topple DeSantis (R) next November.
“My concern is [DeSantis] is going to win again, simply because people know his name and we haven’t been able to connect how his policies and executive orders impact them,” Smith said. “And we are a little behind in getting out and meeting the voters.”
Smith’s angst, echoed by local Democratic officials throughout Florida, highlights the grim struggle facing the party, which is trying to rebound from its 2020 losses while developing an effective message against DeSantis ahead of his possible presidential campaign.
This comes as Republicans are on their way to having more registered voters in Florida than Democrats.
It’s the first time in modern political history Republicans would have more registered voters.
Democrats had 23,055 more registered voters than Republicans in the Sunshine State at the end of August — that was down from the 700,000 voters advantage President Barack Obama won the state with in 2008.
“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,” longtime Florida Democrat operative Steve Schale told Politico.
Conservatives are working hard to turn Florida bright red!
Scott Presler is leading the charge:
WOW! Thank you for the warm welcome, Clearwater, FL.
As of today, we’re only 1,564 voter registrations away from flipping Pinellas County to Republican. pic.twitter.com/vy47DNjGOG
— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) September 25, 2021