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- Florida Google Document (accessible only by discussion group collaborators)
- Travel to Florida
- Ballotpedia Florida
- Presidential: Trump won by 1.3% and rated a toss-up
- House: one competitive district to flip (FL-15) and two to defend (FL-26 and FL-27)
- Voter registration activities underway: Sister District and Movement Voter Project as on-the-ground partners, and prior SLGB and Trip to Flip in-state experience .
Action Paths (in progress)
- Remote/In-District Volunteering
- 29 electoral college votes
- Cook Political Report: Tossup
- 2016 Election Margin: Trump +1.3%
House Races (source: 2018 Swing Left District Resources)
- Cook Political Report: Lean Democrat
- Population Centers: Tampa Bay area, 2.9 million; Brandon, 105,000; Lakeland, 99,000; Plant City, 35,400; Clermont, 29,000; Four Corners, 29,000
- Geography: FL-15 straddles the Interstate 4 corridor that connects Orlando and Tampa, bridging eastern Hillsborough County (including Tampa suburb Brandon and Temple Terrace), northern Polk county (Lakeland), and southern Lake County (Clermont). The western part of the district is mostly suburban; the rest of the district is mostly rural.
- Citizenry: district 15 is fairly ethnically diverse. It’s approximately 65% white, with substantial black and Hispanic populations. The district is socioeconomically diverse. The eastern part of the district leans Democrat, where many residents commute to high-income jobs in Tampa. The rest of the district leans Republican: in Lakeland, many jobs are provided by Publix Supermarkets’ headquarters and Lakeland Regional Health, in addition to jobs in call centers (like Geico Insurance) and logistics distribution centers (like Amazon). In the rural parts of the district, many residents work in agriculture (berries, tomatoes, citrus, livestock) and mining (phosphate extraction). The Ledger is the main local newspaper; the Tampa Bay Times and the Orlando Sentinel are large regional papers.
- Learn more at FL-15
- Cook Political Report: Lean Republican
- Population Centers: Homestead, 60,512; Kendale Lakes, 56,901; Tamiami, 55,271; The Hammocks, 51,003; Kendall West, 38,034; South Miami Heights, 35,696
- Geography: FL-26 comprises a portion of Miami-Dade County and all of Monroe County. It includes the southernmost tip of Florida, including the Florida Keys and the southwest suburbs of Miami. Much of this district is the Everglades and is close enough to sea level to be vulnerable to permanent ﬂooding from climate change. The area is also susceptible to tropical storms and hurricanes. It is home to various endangered and protected species and includes the only living coral barrier reef in the continental United States.
- Citizenry: only half of the district’s residents are U.S.-born citizens, and 66% speak Spanish as their ﬁrst language. Twenty-seven percent are naturalized citizens born outside of the U.S., and 20% are non-citizen immigrants. The district is mostly suburban, low- to middle-income, and Latino, with a sizable African-American population in areas of Miami-Dade County. The vast majority of Latinos in the district are of Cuban descent. Monroe County is majority white, while Miami-Dade is majority Latino.
- Learn more at FL-26
Critical State Races
- Sister District MA/RI Team is focusing on the Florida State Legislature in 2020