Despite Abortion Referendum, Democrats Still Struggle in Florida

Despite Abortion Referendum, Democrats Still Struggle in Florida

Jim McCool
Jim McCool
April 14, 2024

Although the Biden campaign has gained immense ground on the Trump campaign in fundraising, Florida is projected to still be an uphill climb for President Biden's (D) re-election efforts.

Abortion access will be on the ballot in Florida, seemingly showing a positive sign for Democrats.  Along with fundraising numbers, Biden looks ready for the upcoming election.  Democrats have called Florida, "in play," this season.

A new USA Today poll however, shows that Democrats should not be so quick to count the abortion vote as a win.  50% of Floridians responded that they would be in favor of such an amendment, less than the 60% required for passage.

Another 16% said they were unsure or not registered to vote in terms of the 2024 election season.  On average, Trump leads Biden in Florida by 8 points in a once "swing-state."

Additionally, Biden is struggling to whip up enthusiasm. 67% of Democrats said they were certain to vote in November, compared to 80% of Republicans.

However, Democrats seem to be hoping that their winning stance on abortion will whip up support.  After the overturning of Roe v Wade, Florida Democrats led by Chair Nikki Fried (D-FL), became very vocal on the issue, with protests leading to arrests of prominent Florida Democrats like state Sen. Lauren Book (D).

Trump recently took a moderate stance on abortion to adjust for this.  The former president has long taken credit for overturning Roe v Wade via his three justices he appointed to the Supreme Court.  However, Trump recently backed off his stance and claims the issue should belong to the states.

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Jim McCool

Jim McCool

Jim is a graduate of Florida State University where he studied Political Science, Religion and Criminology. He has been a reporter for the Floridian since January of 2021 and will start law school in 2024.

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