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Can Biden flip Florida blue? Trump leads but Biden narrows the gap ahead of 2024 election: poll


Florida – As the U.S. heads towards the 2024 presidential election, former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden are gearing up for what appears to be a groundbreaking rematch. Following sweeping victories in the Super Tuesday primaries across states from Maine to California and Trump’s performance in Florida, where he received over 80% of the Republican vote, both candidates have won enough delegates to secure their respective parties’ nominations.

Despite historical trends favoring the Republicans in Florida, recent polls suggest a slight shift towards Biden, creating a dynamic battleground in the state.

Florida’s Pivotal Role in the Presidential Race

Historically recognized as a major swing state, Florida has played a critical role in determining the outcome of past U.S. presidential elections. However, political analysts now speculate that Florida may not be as pivotal in the 2024 race. While the state broke for Obama in both 2008 and 2012, it has since leaned Republican, with Trump securing victories in both the 2016 and 2020 elections.

According to a recent poll by Florida Atlantic University (FAU), Trump maintains a lead over Biden, with 50% of respondents favoring Trump and 42% supporting Biden. This represents a slight tightening of the race compared to previous polls, which showed a larger lead for Trump.

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Shifting Demographics and Legislation

The demographic changes in Florida, including gains among Hispanic voters and an influx of conservative transplants, have contributed to the Republican surge. Additionally, Florida has enacted more socially conservative legislation, impacting issues such as abortion and LGBTQ+ rights. These legislative moves have sparked controversy and could influence voter sentiment in the upcoming election.

The Abortion Debate as a Democratic Lever

With the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade, abortion has become a focal point in national and state politics. Florida voters will face a crucial decision in November on a ballot measure to amend the state Constitution to protect abortion access. This measure offers Democrats an opportunity to challenge Republican positions on abortion, especially as Trump tries to adopt a more moderate stance, advocating for state-level decision-making.

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Despite Biden’s recent gains, Trump is still favored to win Florida, bolstered by a significant Republican lead in voter registrations—the largest in nearly four decades. This shift underscores a broader realignment within the state, potentially diminishing its status as a critical battleground in national elections.

Florida’s Electoral Outlook

While the Cook Political Report classifies Florida as “Likely Republican,” suggesting it is not immediately competitive, the state remains crucial due to its potential impact on Senate and House races. Interestingly, former President Obama’s recent political map shared on X, the social network formerly known as Twitter, did not highlight Florida as a priority, despite its significant electoral weight and the presence of competitive races.

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As the election approaches, both parties are intensifying their efforts to mobilize supporters, with the outcome likely to hinge on key issues like abortion rights and the broader national political climate. Florida’s evolving electoral landscape will be closely watched as both candidates vie for victory in what promises to be a highly contested and possibly decisive battle in the race for the White House.

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