Tracie Davis reelected, but voters send Kim Daniels home
Rep. Tracie Davis had two outcomes she liked Tuesday. Image via WJCT.

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Davis, Daniels backed each other's opponents.

Rep. Tracie Davis in House District 13 and Rep. Kim Daniels in House District 14, both Jacksonville Democrats, each backed the other’s opponents in this year’s primaries, a sign of a fractured working relationship between the two.

With the votes counted, it looks like they will not have to learn to work together after all.

With 43 of 47 precincts in, Davis leads underfunded challenger Cynthia Smith in the HD 13 contest, with 65% of the vote.

But Daniels is poised to lose her race. With 30 of 39 precincts in, opponent Angie Nixon has a 20-point lead.

HD 13 was an open primary, in which independent voters and Republicans could choose between the two Democrats.

Davis, who branded as the “real Democrat” in the race, found that message blunted by her inability to find a candidate to close the primary, as was the case in HD 14. But in the end, they chose a known over an unknown

Despite the closed HD 14 contest, there was evidence change was coming, with Daniels and Nixon both raising more than $100,000, as Democrats locally and statewide wanted to unseat the non-doctrinaire Democrat, and succeeded.

Daniels broke with the party on certain issues, most memorably by co-sponsoring a bill requiring parental consent for youth abortions that passed this year.

Daniels has also taken fire for statements she made in her day job as an evangelist, including, but not limited to, thanking God for slavery.

But in 2016, when she won a crowded primary to get the nomination, and in 2018, when she beat a former School Board chair in an open primary, she escaped.

In 2020, she could not.

Because of Daniel’s unique position in the Democratic Party, Republicans rallied for her in the primary, with political committees linked to House budget chair Travis Cummings and future Speaker Paul Renner lending support. Additionally, the Florida Chamber and Associated Industries of Florida backed the incumbent.

Nixon, however, drew from a surprisingly robust coalition of support, ranging from the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce to downstate Democrats such as Rep. Anna Eskamani, no friend of Daniels as the two memorably clashed this winter on the aforementioned abortion bill.

Her defeat was celebrated statewide.

“Rep. Daniels was probably the most anti-LGBTQ Democrat in Tallahassee. Pop the champagne. Angie Nixon’s victory is cause for a huge celebration by everyone who values equality,” said Stratton Pollitzer, Equality Florida Deputy Director.

With only a write-in opponent on the November ballot, the primary win virtually assured Nixon will become the district’s next representative.

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The News Service of Florida contributed to this post.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at [email protected]


4 comments

  • Florida Voice for the Unborn

    August 18, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    The Democrat Party has become radicalized by well-funded, looney-toon special interests such as “Equality Florida.” It’s a shame that pro-abort Florida legislators like Rep. Anna Eskamani are so committed to the killing of innocent unborn children that they will do whatever it takes to destroy pro-life voices within their own party. Rep. Kim Daniels, you are strong and courageous. Thank you for co-sponsoring the new parental-consent-prior-to-an-abortion law. May God bless you in your future endeavors!

    • No To This Group

      August 18, 2020 at 9:03 pm

      Florida Voice for the Unborn is a Christian Nationalist origination that is a danger to the state.

      • Just sayin'

        August 19, 2020 at 8:57 am

        Hard to take you seriously. Democrats call everyone who doesn’t agree with them a “danger to the state.” He who defends everything defends nothing.

        • Barber of Seville

          August 21, 2020 at 12:15 pm

          And conservatives call everything and everyone that doesn’t agree with them as “radical.” When, in reality, it is the Republican party that is radical, and a imminent danger to the United States of America.

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