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Democrats Look to Rebuild

November 14th, 2016 by flanews

Democrats are licking their wounds and wondering where they go from here. As Matt Galka tells us, some are hoping for a new direction.

Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump in Florida. Patrick Murphy couldn’t unseat Marco Rubio for U.S. Senate.  And there was minimal impact at the state level.  Almost any way you look at it – Florida Democrats took a beating on election day.

And now Florida Democratic Party chairwoman Allison Tant won’t seek re-election.  Longtime Democratic National Committee Member Jon Ausman says the party needs to do some soul searching.

“The first thing that has to happen is Democrats across the state have to get together and do a realistic assessment about what happened. Let’s look at the election results, let’s look at the turnout, let’s look at the performance, let’s look at the consultants that were successful versus those who have failed and where we have people who are continually losing election cycle after election cycle, it’s time to let them go,” he said.

One big challenge over the next two years, reconnecting with apathetic voters.

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson will be up for re-election in 2018 with Governor Rick Scott rumored as a potential challenger. That fight…along with the fight for the Governor’s mansion…will be tough tests for the Democrats. Consultant Kevin Cate says some of the recent struggles fall on the candidates.

“Well I think Democrats need to speak to the electorate as it is and understand the urgent needs of voters which, right now, they want better jobs and higher wages. And they wanted the system to be shaken up and they certainly shook it up with Donald Trump,” he said.

Democrats will have an uphill climb in the race for the Governor’s mansion in 2018…they haven’t won that position since 1994.

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