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ICYMI: A "Good Week" for Florida Democrats


ICYMI: A "Good Week" for Florida Democrats 


On Tuesday Florida Democrats saw the largest vote share for any Democrat in the state in over a decade with the victory of Senator-elect Lori Berman in the SD 31 Special Election. Following her victory, Congressman Dennis Ross announced his retirement from Congress, giving Democrats new hope to win another open congressional seat, while a new poll shows Senator Bill Nelson with a six-point lead over Rick Scott.


"Senator Lori Berman's victory solidifies that the "Blue Wave" is real, and Dennis Ross' retirement shows that the Florida GOP knows it," said FDP Spokeswoman Caroline Rowland.


"This is a movement, and we continue to see that, not just in our special election wins, but on the ground, in every corner of our state - from marches, to town halls, to voter registration drives - it's clear that Democrats are motivated and fired up, and ready to make change happen."


Orlando Weekly,  4, 11, 2018, Democrat Lori Berman cruises to win in Florida Senate election

  • "Berman, a longtime state House member, had captured 75 percent of the vote in Senate District 31."


@mcimaps: "Lori Berman has secured 75% of the vote in Florida's SD31. This is the highest share for any Democrat in at least the last decade. A 13 point improvement over Clinton. #flapol #sayfie" 


USA Today, 4, 11, 2018, On day Speaker Paul Ryan announces his retirement, Florida's Dennis Ross says goodbye too

  • "Ross joins a lengthy list of GOP House members who have resigned or are not seeking re-election in a year when political handicappers say there'a a strong chance Democrats will reclaim the House."
  • "Juan Penalosa, executive director of the Florida Democratic party, said Ross' announcement provides Democrats another opportunity to pick up a seat."
  • "In 2018 we are operating under the premise that no Republican seat is safe," Penalosa said. "Democrats were already planning to invest in get out the vote programs to elect Democrats in rural counties like Lake and Polk and Congressman Ross' retirement gives us even more reason to double down on our efforts."


Florida Politics, 4, 12, 2018, Already a comeback: Poll shows Bill Nelson leading Rick Scott by six points

  • "It’s only been three days since Gov. Rick Scott announced he would challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, and a new poll shows him six points behind the longtime lawmaker."
  • "The survey from Public Policy Polling finds that 50 percent of Florida voters are in favor of Nelson getting a fourth term in the Senate, while 44 percent said they would pick Scott for the job. The remaining six percent said they were unsure who they would vote for."
  • "Another bit of good news for Nelson: he scored a plus-10 in the favorability poll."