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Progress Made

Democrats made progress in both legislative chambers with our candidates' help.

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Florida

Gains in Florida's state House may bring the Sunshine State one step closer to expanded health care access, meaningful gun reform, and environmental reforms. Florida voters also passed Amendment 4, which will restore voting rights to formerly incarcerated individuals. Given Democrat Andrew Gillum's close loss after a complicated recount process, voting rights and election security are more important than ever in Florida.


The Landscape

Both chambers of the Florida state legislature remain under Republican control. Democrats flipped seven seats in the state House and one seat in the state Senate in the 2018 midterms.

FL House of Representatives

Made progress in 2018 120 seats up for election in 2020

Majority 47 D 73 R
47 Democratic seats - 8 flipped in 2018 73 Republican seats - 2 flipped in 2018
FL State Senate

Made progress in 2018 20 seats up for election in 2020

Majority 17 D 23 R
17 Democratic seats - 1 flipped in 2018 23 Republican seats - 0 flipped in 2018
FL Governor - Rick Scott (R)

Republican Ron DeSantis narrowly defeated Democrat Andrew Gillum to become Governor of Florida.

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The Stakes

20%

Without health insurance

Florida's legislature has failed to enact Medicaid expansion, leaving it with the third-highest rate for uninsured adults in America.

1.5M

Disenfranchised voters

With one of the most punitive voter disenfranchisement policies in the country, Florida permanently bars 1.5 million citizens with former felony convictions from voting, a vestige of Jim Crow voter suppression laws.

2,704

Gun deaths

2016 saw 2,704 deaths from gun violence in a state whose legislature has repeatedly refused to pass meaningful gun reform laws.


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