South Florida GOP incumbents to rally voter turnout Tuesday in Doral
Mario Diaz-Balart, Carlos Giménez and Maria Elvira Salazar want answers on Cuban aid. Image via WLRN.

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The rally is part of the GOP’s ‘Take Back Our Country Tour’ to energize conservative voters before Election Day.

Several prominent GOP officials from Florida are slated to join Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel on Tuesday in Doral for a public get-out-to-vote rally.

The push comes with just weeks to go before the Midterm Election and days from the onset of early voting in Miami-Dade County.

It’s set to include some big names in conservative Florida politics. Among them: U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee; U.S. Reps. Mario Díaz-Balart, Carlos Giménez and María Elvira Salazar; and Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez.

The 2 p.m. event is scheduled to be held at 7379 NW 36th St., which a GOP press note says is the address of a Hispanic Community Center operated by the Republican National Committee.

The Republican Party claims to have held more than 5,000 separate events at 38 minority community centers in 19 states across America this election cycle. Through the events, the party says it has made 50 million voter contacts.

In states like Florida, where registered Republican voters now outnumber registered Democratic voters for the first time in modern history — and where a growing number of counties are flipping from blue to red — GOP-run minority outreach centers aim to further exploit years of weak Democratic outreach.

As of the most recent count available, there are nearly 270,000 more registered Republican voters in the Sunshine States than there are Democrats cleared to cast ballots next month. Year-over-year, there was a 109,567-voter uptick for the Republican Party. During the same period, Democrats lost 116,975 voters.

McDaniel told The Hill last month the purpose of events like the one on Tuesday is to forge “stronger relationships with minority communities” that, in turn, will lead to “a stronger Republican Party.”

“Unlike Democrats, Republicans do not take minority communities for granted, and we will continue to work to earn each vote ahead of November,” she said.

The event Tuesday is part of the RNC, NRSC and National Republican Congressional Committee’s “Take Back Our Country Tour,” which will run as a final voter turnout push in the leadup to Election Day on Nov. 8.

This year, Salazar will take on Miami Democratic state Sen. Annette Taddeo, Díaz-Balart faces Democratic candidate Christine Olivo and Giménez is defending against Democratic former state Rep. Robert Asencio.

Nuñez and her running mate, Gov. Ron DeSantis, are running against Democratic U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, a former Governor, and his Lieutenant Governor choice, United Teachers of Dade President Karla Hernández.

Early voting in Miami-Dade County runs from Oct. 24 through Nov. 6.

Jesse Scheckner

Jesse Scheckner has covered South Florida with a focus on Miami-Dade County since 2012. His work has been recognized by the Hearst Foundation, Society of Professional Journalists, Florida Society of News Editors, Florida MMA Awards and Miami New Times. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @JesseScheckner.


4 comments

  • America First

    October 17, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    RINO ALERT: AMERICA FIRST ‘DOES NOT’ SUPPORT THESE 3 SOCIALIST RINO’S IN CONGRESS. THEY ARE STRAIGHT UP DEMOCRATS.

    • Joe Corsin

      October 18, 2022 at 8:18 am

      Take back our country tour? Sorry, you people lost it because you terrorists and Hitler junkies. Keep America safe from you shills for billionaires and you far right terrorists.

    • Ocean Joe

      October 18, 2022 at 8:35 am

      You do realize Trump and his followers (that might be you) are the real Rinos, don’t you?

      America First? You guys want to hand world domination over to China without even putting up a fight and look the other way while Putin commits totally unjustified atrocities.

      Stolen election? Because one pathological liar told you so?

      Gimenez and Salazar both voted for establishing the Jan 6 commission. They did the right thing. The most disgraceful day in American history, all because one spoiled brat couldn’t accept losing.

      But whether they are Rinos or not, since they are here in south Florida, they will talk about Cuba, and when they are finished they will talk about Cuba some more. Can’t blame them. A beautiful country with a tragic history. I’ll vote against the one who represents me, but he’s a decent man, and she’s decent as well. As an America Firster you probably just don’t like immigrants.

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