Val Demings’ campaign sinks $3M into convincing Floridians to vote blue up and down the ballot
Real life isn’t like CSI: Miami, says Val Demings.

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One Future Florida's efforts reach out to Spanish speakers too.

Val Demings’ Senate campaign team announced Thursday they will be putting $3 million into flipping Florida blue up and down the ballot.

The money the current Democratic Representative raised will be invested in One Future Florida, a bilingual campaign focused on mobilizing communities across the state.

The effort was launched in January and Demings’ campaign staff highlighted it as the earliest start to a Democratic statewide coordinated campaign in Florida.

“We are building a historic movement across Florida to elect Chief Val Demings and Democrats up and down the ballot backed by unprecedented midterm fundraising from grassroots donors,” Demings’ campaign manager Zack Carroll said. “We know when voters hear our message, we win.”

Recent trends, however, show Florida Democrats have plenty of challenges ahead of them for the midterm elections. Last November, state voter registration data showed there are now 6,035 more voters registered as Republicans than Democrats, POLITICO reported. It erased a statistical advantage Democrats had enjoyed throughout the state’s history.

Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis appears to be rolling to re-election to a second term, enjoying high approval ratings and posting blockbuster fundraising amounts.

Reports are that national political groups are scaling back their investment in Florida as it appears the state may lose its status as a purple state.

But there are bright spots.

Demings, a three-term Representative serving Florida’s 10th Congressional District in Central Florida, is the leading Democratic candidate battling to unseat Sen. Marco Rubio in the General Election. Rubio was first elected to the Senate in 2010.

Demings’ campaign earlier this month posted $13.1 million cash on hand. It’s a historic high for a Senate challenger.

Now, she’s moving to share her success, her campaign said.

“Democrats will have the infrastructure we need to deliver our message in every community from the Panhandle to the Keys as we knock on doors, make calls, and engage voters wherever they’re found to defeat Marco Rubio and win throughout this state,” Carroll said.

Anne Geggis

Anne Geggis is a South Florida journalist who began her career in Vermont and has worked at the Sun-Sentinel, the Daytona Beach News-Journal and the Gainesville Sun covering government issues, health and education. She was a member of the Sun-Sentinel team that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Parkland high school shooting. You can reach her on Twitter @AnneBoca or by emailing [email protected]


7 comments

  • Dan Grant

    April 28, 2022 at 5:57 pm

    I’m part of the influx of Red voters who were completely fed up with Democrats like Val Demings in Comiefornia. If we wanted high homelessness, drugs and crime we would of stayed there.
    If you you like paying more for less (higher cost of living = lower standard of living), more government regulations she’s your pick, not mine.

    • David Bruderly

      April 30, 2022 at 10:07 am

      Don’t project national myths about Dems on Florida. Republicans have had total control of Tallahassee and are destroying Florida’s quality of life with their pro-pollution, anti-science money-first agenda…and now our Governor’s attack on Disney has destroyed GOP credibility. Rubio has done nothing to solve immigration & gun violence in two terms in Senate & previously as Speaker of Florida House.

      • Impeach Biden

        April 30, 2022 at 3:10 pm

        If you don’t like it here and the Republican run state, then please leave and head to one of those Shangri La States like California, New Jersey, Illinois, Michigan, New York, etc. Now just imagine if Gillum were Governor.

  • martin

    April 30, 2022 at 9:05 am

    Hey Val: have you found your missing service weapon yet?

    • HJ

      May 3, 2022 at 5:38 am

      Go back to California.

  • Charles

    May 4, 2022 at 8:21 am

    I believe in the democracy Republicans, and Democracy democrats, We are a great country and don’t need autocrats running our country. Republicans have went crazy telling women how to live their lives. Lets go back to abortions in alleys and hotels by witch doctors. The republicans have went off the rails. Be care full what you wish for.

  • Charles

    May 4, 2022 at 8:24 am

    Rubio is still spending his money from the little sparrow that got throwed in jail from Russia (NRA). Send him back to Cuba.

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