Democratic Party voter turnout effort rolls into South Florida to shore up a traditional stronghold
Nikki Fried. Photo by Jacob Ogles.

Nikki Fried
Republicans have been inching closer to Democrats in South Florida voter registration numbers.

The Democrats’ complete collapse in Florida in 2022 that re-elected Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis with a 20-point mandate has put even the traditional Democratic stronghold of South Florida on the blue team’s Take Back Florida tour.

The idea that votes in the tri-county area — Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties — collectively added up to boost DeSantis’ win was unimaginable in 2018. During that Midterm cycle, DeSantis’ opponent beat the Governor in those counties by more than half a million votes.

Florida Democratic Party Chair Nikki Fried acknowledges an urgent mission when the Democrats’ bus tour rolls into Miami Gardens Wednesday morning. It’s part of a $1 million effort the Democrats say they are investing in order to register 200,000 new voters.

With Republicans posting a 500,000-voter registration advantage statewide, Democrats have a lot of ground to cover and a stronghold to shore up.

“We’ve got a Hispanic population down in Miami-Dade to which we, as Democrats, haven’t gotten the message always right on,” Fried said. “And so that’s part of our message is being down in Miami-Dade and talking and listening to the Hispanic community and also to the marginalized communities of Miami-Dade as well.”

Scheduled to join her there are several elected Democrats including U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, state Sen. Shevrin Jones and state Rep. Felicia Robinson. At another appearance later in the day, District 2 Miami Commissioner Sabina Covo will join the tour.

The location details are given to those willing to register here.

The next day, Fried will be in Palm Beach County for the first day of school, at the Urban League of West Palm Beach to talk about teacher vacancies and other education-related issues. She’ll be joined by U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, state Sen. Bobby Powell, Greenacres Mayor Joel Flores and a concerned parent, Krista Barth.

Six days into the tour, Fried said the voters she’s encountered have property insurance at the top of their issues.

She’s not blaming Republicans for climate change that has made flooding and disastrous storms more common, but they could’ve done better, she points out.

“Florida, for decades, has not paid attention to hardening our buildings, making sure we’ve got good drainage systems,” she said.

And she’s quick to point out that DeSantis vetoed a host of drainage projects in South Florida and Orlando. This fiscal year, more than $3 million in South Florida flooding fixes fell to the Governor’s veto pen as he’s been bragging about the state’s enviable finances.

She’s going to be explaining to voters how that affects them, she said.

“Something that insurance companies take a look at when they are evaluating staying in a state is how much work has been done on the ground,” Fried said. “Time and time again, they’ve been putting a Band-Aid on the problem and shoving it down the throats of Floridians.”

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].


  • Earl Pitts American

    August 9, 2023 at 8:45 am

    Good mornting America,
    The trusted polling bureau of The Earl Pitts American Fan Club has been engaged in scientific polling of Florida’s Democrats and here are just a few truths we would like to share:
    1.) 87% of Florida Democrats are ashamed that Nikki Fried was given the public perceprion of leading the Florida DNC. When questioned a little deeper Florida’s Democrats profess to be aware that Ms Fried is too low mentally in intelegance and common sense to lead anything (many harken back to her “worst ever” FL AG. Comish. stint as an example).
    2.) Also many 86% of Florida Democrats say they know Earl Pitts American is correct in giving them the moniker “Dook 4 Brains Leftists” but they just cant help it. Many stated they would like to be more intelegent but they feel they may have been dropped on their heads too many times as childern and cant stop being Dook 4 Brains Leftists.
    3.) America, remember we are dealing with trusted “scientific” polling here and your experiences with Covid and Fouchi demand that you “Trust The Science”.
    Thank you America,

  • PeterH

    August 9, 2023 at 3:25 pm

    Ohio has shown us that it’s possible for young educated Americans to turn the tide on Republican undemocratic authoritarian policies. There is absolutely nothing wrong with declaring your “woke!”

  • Better call Yall

    August 9, 2023 at 10:25 pm

    Would be hilarious if they come out against immigration to S. Florida to stop the bleeding. Funny how people fleeing socialist countries tend to oppose socialism.

    But keep living in 1968, PeterH! Remember, “Real communism has never been tried!”

  • Jessica Paloma

    August 10, 2023 at 6:04 pm

    We have lost voters not gained since she has been there. Fl Dems are pathetic

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