Government Assignment Essay

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Florida is considered a “red state” since it has voted Republican in every presidential election from 1952 through 2004 except those of 1964, 1976, and 1996 even though it had a majority of registered Democrats. History shows that Democrats migrated to areas of Florida – Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach - with high level of racial minorities and white liberals from northeastern states. These parts of Florida are now regarded as the state’s most populous counties. Republicans remain dominant throughout most other parts of Florida. As of now, republicans hold most statewide elective offices, 77 of the state's 120 seats in the Florida House of Representatives and 26 of the state’s 40 seats in the Florida Senate (Wikipedia). It is considered a battleground state – a state that no candidate running for president has overpowering support and that both candidates have equal chances of winning the state’s 27 Electoral College votes. Florida voted Republican in the 2000 with Bush winning 48.85% of the popular vote and again in 2004 where he won 52.15% of the popular vote. In 1996, however, all 25 of Florida’s Electoral College votes went to the Democrats – Clinton – with 48.02% of the popular vote (US Election Atlas). The most recent election for Governor and U.S. Senator in Florida was in 2006 to which it chose Republican Charlie Crist for the gubernatorial position with a 52.18% popular vote and Democrat Bill Nelson for the senatorial position with a 60.30% popular vote. The strongest geographical areas of Florida for the Republicans (>70% of the people voted Republican) from information gathered from the 2000 and 2004 elections continually included Santa Rosa County, Okaloosa County, and Clay County, the strongest (>60%) for the Democrats include counties such as Broward, Palm Beach, and Gadsden (US Election
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