Florida listed on national Republican group’s ‘must defend’ list

The Republican State Leadership Committee is not taking its eye off Florida.

Republicans now hold a supermajority of state legislative seats — the most they’ve held in a decade — but national Republicans don’t want to take any chances of losing the party’s Florida foothold.

The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) lists the state as one of its six top priorities to defend in 2024. Florida ranks along with Arizona, Georgia, New Hampshire, Texas and the Pennsylvania Senate in the “must defend” category.

That’s despite much chatter about how national Democrats have written the state off as a battleground that could go blue. That hasn’t happened since 2012, when President Barack Obama kept the state out of Mitt Romney’s column.

Currently, Republicans hold 56 of the 93 state legislative chambers on the ballot this cycle and 58 of the 99 overall across the country, according to a news release from RSLC.

“As the cornerstone of the conservative movement it is imperative that we defend our majorities against the onslaught of outside spending from liberal groups across the country,” said RSLC President Dee Duncan.

“Now more than ever, Americans need state Republican leadership to pass policies that will counter the disastrous Joe Biden agenda coming out of Washington and provide real relief from the multiple crises created by Biden and his administration.”

The margin of Republicans’ edge in some states is razor-thin compared to the breakdown in the Florida Legislature. Florida Republicans hold 28 seats in the Senate, compared to the 12 that Democrats have. The GOP also occupies 78 House seats, compared to the Democrats’ 42 seats.

The RSLC also sees opportunities to flip chambers in Michigan, Minnesota and the Pennsylvania House.

The national organization which calls itself the largest organization focused on electing Republicans to state office, is also eyeing opportunities to make gains in seven “liberal strongholds.” They are Illinois, Maine, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Oregon and Washington, according to an RSLC release.

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].


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    May 17, 2023 at 9:42 am

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  • corruption and abuse of power in Florida

    May 17, 2023 at 9:50 am

    Florida is turning purple with highlights of BLUE!!!

    • Dont Say FLA

      May 17, 2023 at 9:52 am

      The people of Florida currently are purple and blue, but the Supermajority GOP draws the districts, so state government will still be GOP for an unfortunately extended painful, destructive spell.

  • President Joe Biden

    May 17, 2023 at 6:52 pm

    Quaking in their Academy Sporting Goods plastic Cowboy boots! The White rule has ended, the Census confirms it, Christian White MINORITIES are all a-buzz about their Guns n Meth ‘culture’ will be driven off.

    As we say in Antifa, Be Kind, Or Else 🖕🏼

    • Dont Say FLA

      May 18, 2023 at 9:35 am

      I feel ya, but just to get real for just one second, Joe Biden is an old white Christian man himself. While it’s extremely rare, Joe Biden is proof that it IS possible to be an old white Christian man while also being a decent person and recognizing all people as being people, just like me or you. Could be the meth head son of his that affected him such that he sees people with faults (be those faults stereotyped/perceived or real) are still people.

  • Tropical

    May 22, 2023 at 10:56 pm

    And Florida is listed on the Sane American’s list of ‘must ignore’.

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