Val Demings won’t predict margin of victory Tuesday night
Val Demings continues to pitch donors as storm bears down. Image via A.G. Gancarski

Val Demings Jax
'Whatever margin God gives me is the one that is supposed to happen.'

Many Primaries will not be decided until deep into the vote count Tuesday, but the Democratic U.S. Senate Primary is not one of them.

From start to finish, Orlando U.S. Rep. Val Demings has been in control of that contest, one characterized by a lack of serious opposition, with three opponents emerging in the end: Ricardo de la FuenteBrian Rush and William Sanchez.

Sanchez has been the strongest fundraiser of the three, raising north of a quarter-million dollars. Rush is a former state Representative, while de la Fuente is the second generation of a family known for running all over the country for federal offices. His father, Rocky, actually got double digits in the GOP Senate Primary against Rick Scott four years ago.

Demings isn’t expected to be seriously challenged. But the presence of alternatives on the ballot suggests a potential protest vote similar to that Scott drew from the senior De La Fuente in his Senate campaign of 2018. What that vote might be she wouldn’t predict Monday in Jacksonville, however.

“The voters will decide that. I think that’s an interesting question. What I’m looking for is a win,” she added, before changing the subject to sports then religious imagery.

“It’s kind of like the Super Bowl,” she explained. “You can lose the Super Bowl by a field goal, right? Pretty close! But doggone it, one is the Super Bowl champs and one is not.”

“So whatever God, whatever margin God gives me is the one that is supposed to happen, and the one I will use as a springboard to the General Election,” Demings added.

Demings, who grew up in Jacksonville, campaigned at a Southside barbershop Monday when she made the comments. That was her first of three local stops, and the swing will conclude with a homecoming rally in the evening in Downtown Jacksonville.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Impeach Biden

    August 22, 2022 at 1:04 pm

    Val, will you have Joe Biden and his VP come campaign for you in the Fall or will you stay far far away like many other Dems hoping to get elected? You can run but you can’t hide from the incompetence going on in Washington DC right now.

    • Joe Corsin

      August 22, 2022 at 1:11 pm

      Yeah keep cheerleading for GOP capitalist shills buddy your grandchildren gonna be grifted into slavery by the hogs. You so drunk on right wing propaganda that ye don’t know ye azzhole from your feet!!!🍩🦶😆

    • Phil Morton

      August 23, 2022 at 4:48 am

      Joe Biden’s approval is slightly above Reagan’s at this point in his Presidency. And we all know how that turned out.

      • Mike

        August 23, 2022 at 6:36 am

        Joe Biden will not get a Second term.

  • PeterH

    August 22, 2022 at 6:53 pm

    If Americans want women to control their own bodies, qualified teachers to replace DeSantis’s culture wars in classrooms, intelligent teacher-student conversations concerning the social issues facing Americans in the 21st century, non-bullying discussion about classroom students who are different, common sense gun regulations, and a new honest approach on how best to address climate change……AMERICANS MUST VOTE ALL REPUBLICANS OUT OF OFFICE. REPUBLICANS ARE AMERICA’S PROBLEM.

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