Debbie Mucarsel-Powell pounces on abortion rulings as ‘game changer’ in Senate race
Debbie Mucarsel-Powell. Image via Mucarsel-Powell campaign.

Debbie Mucarsel-Powell
A successful petition effort to protect abortion rights shows bipartisan support, she said.

Voters don’t want a restriction on nearly all abortions in Florida, according to Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Debbie Mucarsel-Powell. She expects voters this November to make that clear by firing Republican U.S. Sen. Rick Scott.

The Miami Democrat spoke to Florida Politics the morning after a court ruling upholding a ban on most abortions 15 weeks into pregnancy. That decision also triggered a more restrictive ban on most abortions six weeks into pregnancy, which will go into effect 30 days after the ruling. Mucarsel-Powell voiced outrage over the law, which she called a political “game changer.”

“It’s one of the most extreme bans on abortion, really a totally near ban on access to reproductive health care, which is going to put tens of thousands of women here in the state and also in the Southeast region at risk,” she said.

“I’m concerned that it’s going to compromise the safety of young woman. It has hardly any exceptions to rape and incest. Also, we have seen a rise in maternal mortality rates, particularly for Black women.”

But she also sees hope in the court’s approval of a ballot measure that would effectively restore abortion access in Florida to that guaranteed before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in 2022.

“It is going to be more important than ever to make sure that we all come out and vote to cement reproductive freedoms into the state constitution,” Mucarsel-Powell said.

For the Democrat, the political effort to gather petitions and put abortion protections on the ballot was the most important organizing success.

“Over a million and a half Floridians signed on to those petitions requesting for that amendment to be placed on the ballot,” she said. “That includes over 150,000 Republican registered voters. So that structure that’s on the ground is there. It’s already been built.”

Democrats still face a substantial challenge in defeating Scott. The incumbent won in 2018 by just over 10,000 votes. But that was against a Democratic incumbent when registered Democrats still outnumbered Republicans statewide. Right now, Republicans in Florida outnumber Democrats by more than 800,000 votes, and analysts on both sides say that gap could grow to more than 1 million before November.

But Mucarsel-Powell said those Republicans don’t all embrace Scott’s “extreme” agenda. Nor do nearly 3.9 million independent and third-party voters.

“I have had many Republicans, independents as well, that come to my events that say they are ready to vote for someone that represents them in D.C.,” she said. “They’re done with extreme policies, those that are being pushed by Rick Scott in Washington.”

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


8 comments

  • Larry Gillis, Libertarian

    April 2, 2024 at 11:50 am

    VOTE LIBERTARIAN.

    Reply

  • Albert 305

    April 2, 2024 at 12:08 pm

    Good luck on that. She lives in my area and wont even win there. Dems are in big trouble in dade county and with out winning there big they will never win state elections.

    Reply

    • Impeach Biden

      April 2, 2024 at 1:23 pm

      Yup. The Hispanic voters have awakened. Dade County is turning Red once again.

      Reply

    • MarvinM

      April 2, 2024 at 10:19 pm

      Assuming you are right, that she won’t win in your area, I ask,

      Why?

      Why won’t she win?

      Reply

      • Hung Wiil

        April 13, 2024 at 10:02 am

        Because she is a Democrat, tool. The same reason Gillam, Meeks, Demmings, Crist, Nelson did not win, they are Democrats. You can’t figure this out?

        Reply

        • rick whitaker

          April 15, 2024 at 6:19 am

          HUNG, a tool calling someone a tool, is that legal or ethical?

          Reply

  • Albert 305

    April 3, 2024 at 10:50 am

    Dade county especially the western suburbs are pretty much solid red and its been trending that way since 2020 . The dems need to run up the numbers in dade to even have a chance in statewide elections . The cubans, nicaraguans, colombians are all trending much more red . Trump lost by only 5 to 6 points in 2020 and desantis flipped it in 2022 by 13 points thus his big victory. The only she can beat rick scott is if she wins is if she can win miami dade county 70 to 30 and thats not happening . The abortion issue could help a little but not enough for her to win the election.

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  • Hung Wiil

    April 3, 2024 at 2:13 pm

    How is Debbie Rodham Powell like Aerosmith??
    DREAM ON, DREAM ON. News flash; you are not going to be elected to the US Senate.

    Reply

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