BY BUDDY NEVINS
Cuban-Amercans moving into Broward from Miami were supposed to be the salvation of the local GOP.
A backlash against Barack Obama was predicted to pump up Republican registration.
Entrepreneurs including wealthy Jews, Caribbean blacks and Latin business types were expected to register Republican in big numbers.
Republicans have spent the last decade losing strength in Broward.
The total number of voters in Broward has climbed over 221,000 since February 2002.
In the same period, Republicans have lost roughly 15,000 voters.
This downward drift by the local GOP should be especially vexing to the party since:
- Broward Democrats continue to gain voters. They have about 124,000 more voters today than in 2002.
- Broward independent voters increased by almost 112,000.
Long-time Broward Democratic leader Mitch Ceasar said his party’s success could be attributed to their grass-roots registration efforts and a progressive view of personal rights.
Republican Chair Tom Truex did not return a call for comment.
Whatever the reason, Republicans clearly continue to have the wrong message for Broward voters.
Democratic Party news release distributed this week:
|FROM: Tamara Ayon Executive Director|
DEMOCRATS REACH MILESTONE
Democrats have now surpassed a registration milestone. Over 600,000 voters are now registered Democrats in Broward County, Florida. “Broward has been the most Democratic county in Florida. However, we have become one of the most significant counties in the United States,” said Broward Democratic Chairman and DNC Member, Mitch Ceasar. A recent news article indicated that three counties in the nation were pivotal to an Obama victory. Broward was the only location in Florida.
Broward has been a Democratic county, for a number of decades. The “flip” began in the late 1970’s. Each year Democratic representation has increased. This has occurred while Broward remained the second largest Republican county in Florida.
The rise has been due to increased grassroots registration efforts, and a progressive view of personal rights.
For more information, please contact Mitch Ceasar at (954) 475-2500.