This document dives in on the state of Florida pointing out relevant data, voter trends and relevant recent events.

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Florida isn’t just a toss-up at this point. Florida is a conundrum. Republicans eked out their wins in the mid-term. The 2018 US Senate race cost $181 million. As I’ve mentioned before, there won’t be a Senate or governor’s race in 2020. That means there won’t be a notable big-ticket candidate going around daily building up momentum for either side.

Republicans control the governor’s office, which will help a lot on the ground. They also have a one-seat edge in the congressional seats. All but two seats are relatively safe. Those both flipped to the Democrats in ’18 and only one of them came within two-percentage points.

Trump saw big gains in 2016 and his coattails appear to be long enough to help two statewide officials get elected, barely. Democrats hold a lead in voter registration over Republicans. But, voters who do not have a party identification is increasing, as are those who identify with the two major parties.

2020 will likely come down to those voters who don’t identify with either party, but are more upset with a certain one. The state legislature should focus on tending to the needs of the people while finding a way to blame the feds for the local problems. This message is likely to work for both parties.

About the Author Jonathan Boesch

Hello everyone, I'm Jonathan Boesch from St. Louis, MO. In the past two decades, I have enjoyed bouncing back and forth between political and hospitality gigs. I have been a line cook and a bartender who put together an award-winning menu. And, I have have been a public policy advisor and field organizer to many successful projects. I look forward to this being an excellent forum for constructive conversation. All content is written by me and reflects my opinions. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of anyone associated with me, including those who I work on behalf. In this space, we will follow a model where I discuss issues of politics and policy. And then address similar problems in the hospitality industry. This includes the entire supply chain of hospitality as an economic ecosystem. Finally, each week I will analyse topics and present other views. I hope to make each discussion relevant to not only your life but to broader concept and debates raging today.

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