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Title: How did Trump win Florida
Post by: jman123 on September 17, 2018, 03:54:18 pm
What was Trump's  path to victory in Florida in Nov 2016? How did he win it?


Title: Re: How did Trump win Florida
Post by: khuzifenq on September 17, 2018, 04:01:33 pm
What was Trump's  path to victory in Florida in Nov 2016? How did he win it?

The Orlando shooting and Obama winning the state twice. Florida is a R-leaning swing state federally; if Trump wasn’t on the ballot it probably would’ve gone R by a larger margin.


Title: Re: How did Trump win Florida
Post by: TML on September 17, 2018, 04:38:44 pm
The decisive region was the suburban/exurban counties in the I-4 vicinity. This area contains many people who formerly resided in the upper Midwest, and since that region broke for Trump, this region also did the same. If the Republican margins in these counties had stayed around Obama's 2012 levels, FL would have gone D.


Title: Re: How did Trump win Florida
Post by: Old School Republican on September 17, 2018, 04:42:47 pm
Since the Dems didnt win nationally by the margin they need to do win Florida. Obama in 2012 also really should have lost Flordia but Romney pick of Ryan and him winning by 4 points nationally gave Obama a narrow victory there. Another reason is the Cuba deal might have given the GOP the edge in a state like FL.


Here's something interesting though: Hillary unlike in the rust belt not only outperformed Obama in FL she did so by more than 200k votes and despite that she still lost the state.


Title: Re: How did Trump win Florida
Post by: Beet on September 17, 2018, 04:45:45 pm
Romney was a terrible candidate for Florida, as it has many white working class voters, many of whom, as TML said, are transplants from the north. White populists like Donald Trump, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton were all good candidates for these voters.


Title: Re: How did Trump win Florida
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on September 17, 2018, 06:00:31 pm
By polling more votes in the state than his opponent.


Title: Re: How did Trump win Florida
Post by: BaldEagle1991 on September 17, 2018, 07:26:27 pm
Romney was a terrible candidate for Florida, as it has many white working class voters, many of whom, as TML said, are transplants from the north. White populists like Donald Trump, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton were all good candidates for these voters.


Also John McCain was too boring for these voters back in '08.


Title: Re: How did Trump win Florida
Post by: TML on September 17, 2018, 09:12:16 pm
Since the Dems didnt win nationally by the margin they need to do win Florida. Obama in 2012 also really should have lost Flordia but Romney pick of Ryan and him winning by 4 points nationally gave Obama a narrow victory there. Another reason is the Cuba deal might have given the GOP the edge in a state like FL.


Here's something interesting though: Hillary unlike in the rust belt not only outperformed Obama in FL she did so by more than 200k votes and despite that she still lost the state.

I think the Cuba deal was not in and itself enough to tip FL to Trump. Polls conducted among Cuban-Americans indicated that over 40% of those who supported the deal (which comprise of over 60% of Cuban-Americans overall) voted for Trump.


Title: Re: How did Trump win Florida
Post by: RaphaelDLG on September 17, 2018, 11:04:37 pm
I mean, have you ever been to Florida?  Have you ever met anyone from Florida?


Title: Re: How did Trump win Florida
Post by: New Frontier on September 18, 2018, 09:11:16 am
I mean, have you ever been to Florida?  Have you ever met anyone from Florida?


Title: Re: How did Trump win Florida
Post by: Wolverine22 on September 18, 2018, 08:16:11 pm
Rural whites inspired by Trump's racism swamped any increased minority turnout. Same way he won North Carolina, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.


Title: Re: How did Trump win Florida
Post by: ❤️❤️❤️ on September 19, 2018, 07:54:24 pm
By polling more votes in the state than his opponent.
Is it too low effort/dumb to hilariously misinterpret your post as saying he won because his campaign asked more people who they'd vote for before the election?


Title: Re: How did Trump win Florida
Post by: Chaddyr23 on September 21, 2018, 01:28:16 pm
Clinton's floor of support fell out in FL-6, FL-11 and FL-12 which cost her the state relative to Obama. Trump really appeals to the older folks of those districts, I think FL-11 has the highest median age of any district in the nation and FL-6 isn't far behind. MCI maps has a great write up on it.

http://mcimaps.com/how-floridas-congressional-districts-voted-and-the-impact-of-redistricting/


Title: Re: How did Trump win Florida
Post by: here2view on September 22, 2018, 02:41:15 pm
He had a massive surge in turnout in the panhandle, plus Obama barely won the state in 2012. Florida is also a point or so to the right of the nation.


Title: Re: How did Trump win Florida
Post by: TML on September 22, 2018, 05:41:44 pm
He had a massive surge in turnout in the panhandle, plus Obama barely won the state in 2012. Florida is also a point or so to the right of the nation.

I don't think northern FL was decisive, since Trump's net margin in the counties along I-10 was only about 37K more than that of Romney, including only about 18K more in the five westernmost counties, both of which are far less than his 113K statewide margin of victory. Instead, in the suburban/exurban counties surrounding I-4, Trump's margins were about 230K more than Romney's, which is more than double his actual margin of victory statewide.


Title: Re: How did Trump win Florida
Post by: olowakandi on September 24, 2018, 11:09:08 pm
Rubio, was his way to win FL


Title: Re: How did Trump win Florida
Post by: President Johnson on September 25, 2018, 01:34:20 pm
Boomers. The worst generation when it comes to voting.


Title: Re: How did Trump win Florida
Post by: Donborvio on September 25, 2018, 04:50:30 pm
Boomers. The worst generation when it comes to voting.

AND serving in office!


Title: Re: How did Trump win Florida
Post by: Chaddyr23 on September 28, 2018, 09:15:55 am
He had a massive surge in turnout in the panhandle, plus Obama barely won the state in 2012. Florida is also a point or so to the right of the nation.

I don't think northern FL was decisive, since Trump's net margin in the counties along I-10 was only about 37K more than that of Romney, including only about 18K more in the five westernmost counties, both of which are far less than his 113K statewide margin of victory. Instead, in the suburban/exurban counties surrounding I-4, Trump's margins were about 230K more than Romney's, which is more than double his actual margin of victory statewide.

Yes, Citrus County, Flagler County, Volusia County, Lake County and Polk Counties did Clinton in.


Title: Re: How did Trump win Florida
Post by: TML on September 28, 2018, 10:14:21 am
According to a prominent Democratic strategist, the I-4 corridor can be roughly defined as the Orlando and Tampa media markets. In these areas, there are five counties which can be considered "urban": Pinellas, Hillsborough, Osceola, Orange, and Seminole. The shifts in raw vote margin for these counties from 2012-2016 were as follows:

Pinellas: R+31346
Hillsborough: D+4745
Osceola: D+8510
Orange: D+49602
Seminole: D+9969

Overall: D+41480

The other counties in these two media markets are considered "suburban" or "exurban." The shifts in raw vote margin for these counties from 2012-2016 were as follows:

Sarasota: R+11183
Manatee: R+11596
Hardee: R+860
Highlands: R+4861
Polk: R+23042
Pasco: R+37795
Hernando: R+20067
Citrus: R+15465
Sumter: R+8970
Marion: R+19580
Lake: R+13506
Flagler: R+8062
Volusia: R+31174
Brevard: R+25862

Overall: R+232023

On election night 2016, this strategist was reviewing the initial returns shortly after polls closed in the Eastern Time Zone at 7 pm, and although he was initially optimistic at the results from Democratic base regions (South Beach and urban counties of the Orlando/Tampa areas), once he reviewed the results from the suburban/exurban counties in the I-4 vicinity, he realized by about 7:45 pm that Trump was on track to win Florida, since at that point Hillary's lead wasn't large enough to overcome the expected margins in the Central Time Zone counties.


Title: Re: How did Trump win Florida
Post by: Chaddyr23 on September 28, 2018, 12:33:42 pm
According to a prominent Democratic strategist, the I-4 corridor can be roughly defined as the Orlando and Tampa media markets. In these areas, there are five counties which can be considered "urban": Pinellas, Hillsborough, Osceola, Orange, and Seminole. The shifts in raw vote margin for these counties from 2012-2016 were as follows:

Pinellas: R+31346
Hillsborough: D+4745
Osceola: D+8510
Orange: D+49602
Seminole: D+9969

Overall: D+41480

The other counties in these two media markets are considered "suburban" or "exurban." The shifts in raw vote margin for these counties from 2012-2016 were as follows:

Sarasota: R+11183
Manatee: R+11596
Hardee: R+860
Highlands: R+4861
Polk: R+23042
Pasco: R+37795
Hernando: R+20067
Citrus: R+15465
Sumter: R+8970
Marion: R+19580
Lake: R+13506
Flagler: R+8062
Volusia: R+31174
Brevard: R+25862

Overall: R+232023

On election night 2016, this strategist was reviewing the initial returns shortly after polls closed in the Eastern Time Zone at 7 pm, and although he was initially optimistic at the results from Democratic base regions (South Beach and urban counties of the Orlando/Tampa areas), once he reviewed the results from the suburban/exurban counties in the I-4 vicinity, he realized by about 7:45 pm that Trump was on track to win Florida, since at that point Hillary's lead wasn't large enough to overcome the expected margins in the Central Time Zone counties.

Sounds like Steve Schale


Title: Re: How did Trump win Florida
Post by: Chaddyr23 on September 28, 2018, 12:37:06 pm
He had a massive surge in turnout in the panhandle, plus Obama barely won the state in 2012. Florida is also a point or so to the right of the nation.

I don't think northern FL was decisive, since Trump's net margin in the counties along I-10 was only about 37K more than that of Romney, including only about 18K more in the five westernmost counties, both of which are far less than his 113K statewide margin of victory. Instead, in the suburban/exurban counties surrounding I-4, Trump's margins were about 230K more than Romney's, which is more than double his actual margin of victory statewide.

Yes, Citrus County, Flagler County, Volusia County, Lake County and Polk Counties did Clinton in.

So using the data from TML, it seems like the single largest contributing counties were the shift in the margins in Pinellas, Volusia, Pasco, and Brevard.


Title: Re: How did Trump win Florida
Post by: Edgar Suit Larry on September 28, 2018, 02:15:42 pm
He had a massive surge in turnout in the panhandle, plus Obama barely won the state in 2012. Florida is also a point or so to the right of the nation.

I don't think northern FL was decisive, since Trump's net margin in the counties along I-10 was only about 37K more than that of Romney, including only about 18K more in the five westernmost counties, both of which are far less than his 113K statewide margin of victory. Instead, in the suburban/exurban counties surrounding I-4, Trump's margins were about 230K more than Romney's, which is more than double his actual margin of victory statewide.

Yes, Citrus County, Flagler County, Volusia County, Lake County and Polk Counties did Clinton in.

So using the data from TML, it seems like the single largest contributing counties were the shift in the margins in Pinellas, Volusia, Pasco, and Brevard.

There are TONS of rich old white people in those counties. I was their neighbor for 11 years.


Title: Re: How did Trump win Florida
Post by: TML on September 28, 2018, 03:03:41 pm
Also note that if the shifts in the surburban/exurban I-4 counties were only about half of what they had actually been, Hillary would have won FL by a fraction of a percent.


Title: Re: How did Trump win Florida
Post by: Fmr Deputy Speaker Spark498 on November 23, 2018, 09:08:14 pm
Romney was a terrible candidate for Florida, as it has many white working class voters, many of whom, as TML said, are transplants from the north. White populists like Donald Trump, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton were all good candidates for these voters.


Title: Re: How did Trump win Florida
Post by: Republican BRTD on November 23, 2018, 11:33:50 pm
by being an all around swell guy, the kind you wish would marry your daughter, if only he were forty years younger


Title: Re: How did Trump win Florida
Post by: Koorca Ton on November 24, 2018, 12:19:57 am
Loss of D votes in the suburbs and Central Florida. The Democrats didn't do that bad in South Florida, racking up a ton of votes there. They performed more or less the same in South Florida, and the GOP performed the same good in North Florida. But the GOP's gains in Central Florida may have done it.


Title: Re: How did Trump win Florida
Post by: The Voice of America on November 24, 2018, 11:31:22 am
Loss of D votes in the suburbs and Central Florida. The Democrats didn't do that bad in South Florida, racking up a ton of votes there. They performed more or less the same in South Florida, and the GOP performed the same good in North Florida. But the GOP's gains in Central Florida may have done it.

South Florida used to be a Democratic powerhouse. But those 70 year old Gore-Lieberman voters are either very, very elderly or gone. The new powerhouse seems to be white voters in the I-4 corridor and Panhandle. They love their Trump.


Title: Re: How did Trump win Florida
Post by: Republican BRTD on November 25, 2018, 05:45:51 am
Loss of D votes in the suburbs and Central Florida. The Democrats didn't do that bad in South Florida, racking up a ton of votes there. They performed more or less the same in South Florida, and the GOP performed the same good in North Florida. But the GOP's gains in Central Florida may have done it.

South Florida used to be a Democratic powerhouse. But those 70 year old Gore-Lieberman voters are either very, very elderly or gone. The new powerhouse seems to be white voters in the I-4 corridor and Panhandle. They love their Trump.

Smart analysis!


Title: Re: How did Trump win Florida
Post by: President Phil Scott on November 25, 2018, 12:36:24 pm
According to a prominent Democratic strategist, the I-4 corridor can be roughly defined as the Orlando and Tampa media markets. In these areas, there are five counties which can be considered "urban": Pinellas, Hillsborough, Osceola, Orange, and Seminole. The shifts in raw vote margin for these counties from 2012-2016 were as follows:

Pinellas: R+31346
Hillsborough: D+4745
Osceola: D+8510
Orange: D+49602
Seminole: D+9969

Overall: D+41480

The other counties in these two media markets are considered "suburban" or "exurban." The shifts in raw vote margin for these counties from 2012-2016 were as follows:

Sarasota: R+11183
Manatee: R+11596
Hardee: R+860
Highlands: R+4861
Polk: R+23042
Pasco: R+37795
Hernando: R+20067
Citrus: R+15465
Sumter: R+8970
Marion: R+19580
Lake: R+13506
Flagler: R+8062
Volusia: R+31174
Brevard: R+25862

Overall: R+232023

On election night 2016, this strategist was reviewing the initial returns shortly after polls closed in the Eastern Time Zone at 7 pm, and although he was initially optimistic at the results from Democratic base regions (South Beach and urban counties of the Orlando/Tampa areas), once he reviewed the results from the suburban/exurban counties in the I-4 vicinity, he realized by about 7:45 pm that Trump was on track to win Florida, since at that point Hillary's lead wasn't large enough to overcome the expected margins in the Central Time Zone counties.

Sounds like Steve Schale


Title: Re: How did Trump win Florida
Post by: Old School Republican on November 25, 2018, 01:56:29 pm
a FL local station called FL by 10:06 ET:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slNUI3-2HFA


Title: Re: How did Trump win Florida
Post by: Pandaguineapig on December 03, 2018, 02:04:26 am
I still can't get over how idiots like Steve Schale and Michael McDonald projected a 4-5 point Clinton win by just looking at early voting numbers from six counties and assuming there would be negligible swings everywhere else in the state


Title: Re: How did Trump win Florida
Post by: Annatar on December 03, 2018, 08:06:09 am
I still can't get over how idiots like Steve Schale and Michael McDonald projected a 4-5 point Clinton win by just looking at early voting numbers from six counties and assuming there would be negligible swings everywhere else in the state

I've noticed over the years a lot of analysts only tend to look at how the biggest 3 or 4 counties are behaving and ignore everything else, unfortunately since the biggest counties in most states tend to be more democratic then the state as a whole, this leads to skewed expectations. One issue a lot of analysts don't seem to realise is in most states the big 3 or 4 democratic counties often still only account for around 30 or 35% of the vote, meaning if Republicans are gaining everywhere else then overall Republicans will find it easier to get a swing as they are gaining in counties with 60 or 65% of the states population whereas Democrats are gaining in only say 35% of the population.


Title: Re: How did Trump win Florida
Post by: RINO Tom on December 03, 2018, 10:31:46 am
At a very distant glance, it appears there were a few states (Ohio and Florida, namely) where Trump made his "typical" gains with Whites without a college degree (won't indulge the idea of calling this entire group "working class") while also holding on to quite a bit of suburban support.  In other words, he made his usual gains for a Republican vs. Clinton while stopping a lot of the bleeding that we saw in other places with suburban voters.


Title: Re: How did Trump win Florida
Post by: President Phil Scott on December 04, 2018, 09:28:11 pm
At a very distant glance, it appears there were a few states (Ohio and Florida, namely) where Trump made his "typical" gains with Whites without a college degree (won't indulge the idea of calling this entire group "working class") while also holding on to quite a bit of suburban support.  In other words, he made his usual gains for a Republican vs. Clinton while stopping a lot of the bleeding that we saw in other places with suburban voters.

Yup, this-then haha...lol (extra)


Title: Re: How did Trump win Florida
Post by: Calthrina950 on December 24, 2018, 10:49:20 pm
At a very distant glance, it appears there were a few states (Ohio and Florida, namely) where Trump made his "typical" gains with Whites without a college degree (won't indulge the idea of calling this entire group "working class") while also holding on to quite a bit of suburban support.  In other words, he made his usual gains for a Republican vs. Clinton while stopping a lot of the bleeding that we saw in other places with suburban voters.

White "working-class" voters gave Trump approximately two-thirds of their votes, if I am not mistaken. And it cannot be denied that his margins and turnout among those voters helped him in Ohio and Florida. Arguably, if they had not turned out in the Florida Panhandle, he would have lost the state to Clinton.


Title: Re: How did Trump win Florida
Post by: TML on December 25, 2018, 02:33:15 am
At a very distant glance, it appears there were a few states (Ohio and Florida, namely) where Trump made his "typical" gains with Whites without a college degree (won't indulge the idea of calling this entire group "working class") while also holding on to quite a bit of suburban support.  In other words, he made his usual gains for a Republican vs. Clinton while stopping a lot of the bleeding that we saw in other places with suburban voters.

White "working-class" voters gave Trump approximately two-thirds of their votes, if I am not mistaken. And it cannot be denied that his margins and turnout among those voters helped him in Ohio and Florida. Arguably, if they had not turned out in the Florida Panhandle, he would have lost the state to Clinton.

As I said earlier in this thread, it was not the panhandle where Trump made most of his gains; it was in the suburban/exurban areas near Orlando/Tampa where it happened. This area has many people who formerly resided in the Midwest, and their voting patterns matched closely.


Title: Re: How did Trump win Florida
Post by: Timothy87 on December 26, 2018, 10:57:17 am
Trump has longtime connections to Florida. The large population of NY/NJ transplants would certainly be receptive to him. Probably some backlash to Obama on Cuba policy helped hold the Cuban vote. Clinton weakness with black voters kept that turnout down a bit but what did it was the huge swing in non college educated whites. Florida is filled with them. Despite overall state growth, turnout in key areas went down in 2012 (Volusia, Lee, Pasco, Hernando, Brevard, Okaloosa, Highlands) where Romney needed big numbers to win

I think the Pulse shooting actually helped Clinton, because Orlando swung hard Dem, probably in anger over gun violence (same way Newtown, CT has)


Title: Re: How did Trump win Florida
Post by: RINO Tom on December 26, 2018, 02:07:37 pm
At a very distant glance, it appears there were a few states (Ohio and Florida, namely) where Trump made his "typical" gains with Whites without a college degree (won't indulge the idea of calling this entire group "working class") while also holding on to quite a bit of suburban support.  In other words, he made his usual gains for a Republican vs. Clinton while stopping a lot of the bleeding that we saw in other places with suburban voters.

White "working-class" voters gave Trump approximately two-thirds of their votes, if I am not mistaken. And it cannot be denied that his margins and turnout among those voters helped him in Ohio and Florida. Arguably, if they had not turned out in the Florida Panhandle, he would have lost the state to Clinton.

I know you're kind of on a Realignment 2016/2018 roll here, but your response makes literally zero sense in response to what I wrote.  It would be normal to expect Trump to, yes, match his usual gains with "WWC" voters in Florida; it would NOT be normal to expect him to match Romney's suburban support and support among college graduates ... Trump won 49% of college grads to Clinton's 46% in Florida (and, when you take out postgrads - a group that was strongly Democratic before Trump - he won 54%-42%), and he won 62% of White college grads, a negligible difference from his support among "WWC" voters in Florida.

Trump won Florida because he both made his expected gains - among "WWC" voters and rural voters - that he made everywhere else and because he ALSO didn't have anywhere near his usual losses we saw in other places - among suburbanites and White college grads.


Title: Re: How did Trump win Florida
Post by: brucejoel99 on December 27, 2018, 01:05:03 am
Dominating in every non-diverse, urban area of the state via older, white, & blue collar voters.


Title: Re: How did Trump win Florida
Post by: Calthrina950 on January 16, 2019, 12:52:06 pm
At a very distant glance, it appears there were a few states (Ohio and Florida, namely) where Trump made his "typical" gains with Whites without a college degree (won't indulge the idea of calling this entire group "working class") while also holding on to quite a bit of suburban support.  In other words, he made his usual gains for a Republican vs. Clinton while stopping a lot of the bleeding that we saw in other places with suburban voters.

White "working-class" voters gave Trump approximately two-thirds of their votes, if I am not mistaken. And it cannot be denied that his margins and turnout among those voters helped him in Ohio and Florida. Arguably, if they had not turned out in the Florida Panhandle, he would have lost the state to Clinton.

I know you're kind of on a Realignment 2016/2018 roll here, but your response makes literally zero sense in response to what I wrote.  It would be normal to expect Trump to, yes, match his usual gains with "WWC" voters in Florida; it would NOT be normal to expect him to match Romney's suburban support and support among college graduates ... Trump won 49% of college grads to Clinton's 46% in Florida (and, when you take out postgrads - a group that was strongly Democratic before Trump - he won 54%-42%), and he won 62% of White college grads, a negligible difference from his support among "WWC" voters in Florida.

Trump won Florida because he both made his expected gains - among "WWC" voters and rural voters - that he made everywhere else and because he ALSO didn't have anywhere near his usual losses we saw in other places - among suburbanites and White college grads.

What? I'm very well aware that Trump won white college graduates, and in a state like Florida, his percentages being higher than nationally, makes sense. Of course, suburban voters and retirees played a part in his victory. But Clinton fell down even further from what Obama got in the Florida Panhandle, and the numbers that he ran up in the region helped him to cancel out her gains in Southeast Florida and to carry the state. Florida, moreover, is a Republican-leaning state, and this process which I've been alluding to has not yet finished.


Title: Re: How did Trump win Florida
Post by: Calthrina950 on January 16, 2019, 12:53:22 pm
At a very distant glance, it appears there were a few states (Ohio and Florida, namely) where Trump made his "typical" gains with Whites without a college degree (won't indulge the idea of calling this entire group "working class") while also holding on to quite a bit of suburban support.  In other words, he made his usual gains for a Republican vs. Clinton while stopping a lot of the bleeding that we saw in other places with suburban voters.

White "working-class" voters gave Trump approximately two-thirds of their votes, if I am not mistaken. And it cannot be denied that his margins and turnout among those voters helped him in Ohio and Florida. Arguably, if they had not turned out in the Florida Panhandle, he would have lost the state to Clinton.

As I said earlier in this thread, it was not the panhandle where Trump made most of his gains; it was in the suburban/exurban areas near Orlando/Tampa where it happened. This area has many people who formerly resided in the Midwest, and their voting patterns matched closely.

Are you saying that the Panhandle was insignificant?


Title: Re: How did Trump win Florida
Post by: RINO Tom on January 16, 2019, 01:25:12 pm
At a very distant glance, it appears there were a few states (Ohio and Florida, namely) where Trump made his "typical" gains with Whites without a college degree (won't indulge the idea of calling this entire group "working class") while also holding on to quite a bit of suburban support.  In other words, he made his usual gains for a Republican vs. Clinton while stopping a lot of the bleeding that we saw in other places with suburban voters.

White "working-class" voters gave Trump approximately two-thirds of their votes, if I am not mistaken. And it cannot be denied that his margins and turnout among those voters helped him in Ohio and Florida. Arguably, if they had not turned out in the Florida Panhandle, he would have lost the state to Clinton.

As I said earlier in this thread, it was not the panhandle where Trump made most of his gains; it was in the suburban/exurban areas near Orlando/Tampa where it happened. This area has many people who formerly resided in the Midwest, and their voting patterns matched closely.

Are you saying that the Panhandle was insignificant?

The Panhandle has 1,499,544 (7.27%) of Florida's total population, so kind of.  It's like people chalking Texas' Republican lean up to rural areas, when rural voters in the Florida exit poll accounted for only 8% of all voters.


Title: Re: How did Trump win Florida
Post by: TML on January 17, 2019, 01:39:24 am
At a very distant glance, it appears there were a few states (Ohio and Florida, namely) where Trump made his "typical" gains with Whites without a college degree (won't indulge the idea of calling this entire group "working class") while also holding on to quite a bit of suburban support.  In other words, he made his usual gains for a Republican vs. Clinton while stopping a lot of the bleeding that we saw in other places with suburban voters.

White "working-class" voters gave Trump approximately two-thirds of their votes, if I am not mistaken. And it cannot be denied that his margins and turnout among those voters helped him in Ohio and Florida. Arguably, if they had not turned out in the Florida Panhandle, he would have lost the state to Clinton.

As I said earlier in this thread, it was not the panhandle where Trump made most of his gains; it was in the suburban/exurban areas near Orlando/Tampa where it happened. This area has many people who formerly resided in the Midwest, and their voting patterns matched closely.

Are you saying that the Panhandle was insignificant?

Read what I said earlier about the change in margins: in northern Florida, along the I-10 corridor, Trump only increased his winning margin by about 37K votes compared to Romney, whereas in the suburban/exurban areas in the Orlando/Tampa area, he increased them by over 230K votes. Tell me which increase was more significant.


Title: Re: How did Trump win Florida
Post by: Fuzzy Bear on February 23, 2019, 09:01:47 pm
Romney was a terrible candidate for Florida, as it has many white working class voters, many of whom, as TML said, are transplants from the north. White populists like Donald Trump, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton were all good candidates for these voters.