Annette Taddeo won a pivotal special election in Florida’s 40th State Senate District, and we won the first fight to make Florida more progressive! The margin of victory was 50.95% to 47.21%. In the 2016 election, the Republican margin of victory was 50.62% to 40.70%. Flippable community members donated over $20,000 to Annette’s campaign during the short but critical period between the Democratic primary and the general election.
Florida has the country’s harshest voter suppression laws, leaving 21% of African American adults in the state ineligible to vote. Unfair voting laws make this swing state even likelier to swing red in national elections.
Republican state legislators drew Florida’s district lines to benefit their own party—and gave the gift that keeps on giving to the national GOP. Because of this partisan gerrymandering, Republicans hold 3 unearned seats in Congress.
Climate change is a hot topic in Florida, as rising sea levels erode the coast and pollution threatens the Everglades. With a blue state government, Florida could become a climate leader for the next decade.