Stung by Florida Midterm Losses, Democrats See a Swing State Drifting Away

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PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. ‘ After a painful midterm election for Florida Democrats that showed this crucial swing state drifting away from them, a group of party activists gathered at a Cuban restaurant last month to receive some bitter medicine ‘ and a sober warning ‘ to go with their croquettes and plantain chips.

Democrats started organizing Latino voters too late, didn’t tailor their message for an increasingly diverse community and ultimately took Latino support for granted, a Florida pollster told about 50 members of the Democratic Hispanic Caucus of Broward County.

Democrats will lose again in 2020 if they don’t move swiftly to win over Hispanics, the pollster, Eduardo Gamarra, told the group. ‘You just need to start now,’ he said.

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Rep.-elect Veronica Escobar (D-Tex.) carries a campaign sign outside a polling station in El Paso on Tuesday. (Michael Robinson Chavez/The Washington Post)

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THE BIG IDEA: There’s a trivial debate about whether this week’s results constitute a ‘blue wave.’

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Here’s reality: Democrats picked up more House seats than they have in any midterm election since 1974, three months after Richard Nixon’s resignation, and a dozen races still remain uncalled by the Associated Press. That’s all the more remarkable considering that the economy is booming, unemployment is historically low and wages are growing.

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  • Date: 2018-10-02T16:19:46Z
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If the November election were held today, only four of the 13 proposed state constitutional amendments would pass, according to new polling by the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

‘However, this is before tens of millions of dollars are invested in information campaigns,’ the Chamber said in a news release. ‘In other words, these numbers will change as November approaches.’

Chamber officials further said that with 13 amendments on the ballot ‘ eight from the Constitution Revision Commission, three from the Legislature and two from citizen initiatives ‘ ‘voter fatigue is certainly a concern.’

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