The issues and narratives consuming Florida politics on the eve of Tuesday’s primary elections demonstrate how much can change in two years. It’s the first statewide election following the turbulent 2020 season, which put some voters’ confidence in American democracy to the test. Election security has become a top concern for the GOP base because to conspiracy theories pushed by former President Donald Trump over Joe Biden’s victory. In the meantime, Democratic candidates are attempting to capitalise on the momentum surrounding abortion in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. To overcome the political obstacles posed by President Biden, whose approval ratings are stalled in the low 40s, they will need engaged voters.
Both parties will try to convince voters they have the solution to inflation and other economic issues, which polls show are top political concerns.
In some ways, the primary election, in which parties will decide their candidates for the Nov. 8 general election, is just a warm-up. But there’s still plenty at stake. Some races — including for many judicial and school board seats — will be decided Tuesday. Plus, we’ll get clarity on some other key questions.
In the race that’s sure to draw the most national attention, Democrats decide who will face DeSantis in 11 weeks. (DeSantis is not on the ballot this Tuesday because no other Republican challenged him and his $135 million war chest.)
U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist and Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried are each making the case that they can defeat the popular incumbent. Crist, like Biden in 2020, is running on restoring a sense of decency to Florida leadership.
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