Val Demings brings Democrats' losing strategy to Florida
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By: Zachary Faria (MSN)
Democrats have found their "anti-Rubio warrior" in Florida's Senate race, according to Politico. But in Rep. Val Demings, what they have actually found is yet another money furnace that will deliver a disappointing loss when the votes are counted.
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Politico's piece details that Demings, the Democratic challenger to Sen. Marco Rubio, has been building an "army of small donors" through Facebook and other digital advertising. Notably, Demings has spent nearly 80% of her digital money targeting donors who live outside the state.
Democrats targeting prominent Republicans in red states often become money pits for gullible Democratic donors who think that enough national media hits and angry social media posts can take down those hated prominent Republicans. You can pick out multiple examples from the 2020 election. Jaime Harrison, whose similarities to Demings are "hard to miss," according to Politico, lost to Sen. Lindsey Graham by 10 points in South Carolina. Amy McGrath lost to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell by 19 points in Kentucky.
The effect even sank a Democrat in an extremely winnable race, as Sara Gideon drowned Maine voters in campaign ads, bought for by out-of-state money, on the way to a 9-point loss to "vulnerable" Sen. Susan Collins.
And this isn't a phenomenon that was unique to 2020, either. The most prominent example of this was Wendy Davis, who ran against Greg Abbott for governor in Texas in 2014. Davis held multiple fundraisers in cities such as San Francisco, New York City, and Washington, D.C., as she ran a national campaign to win the state. She went on to lose by more than 18 points.
Demings is more like them than the one-hit wonder of Beto O'Rourke. O'Rourke, running in Texas in 2018, was the beneficiary of a Democratic wave while facing a uniquely unlikable GOP opponent in Sen. Ted Cruz. The 2022 national environment will be far more like the 2014 environment Davis ran in, which saw Republicans sweep to victories across the country. Meanwhile, Rubio has won two statewide elections comfortably and is leading in the early polls in a state that has become more reliably Republican over the years.
Demings is offering nothing new other than the fact that she is preparing to add Florida to the list of examples of Democrats riding out-of-state money to unceremonious defeats. It may be a good career move for her, as it was for Harrison, who is now the chief of the Democratic National Committee, but it is not a recipe for Senate victories.
Tags:Beltway Confidential, Opinion, Florida, Florida Senate race, Marco Rubio, 2022 Elections, Amy McGrath, Beto O'Rourke, Wendy Davis
Original Author:Zachary Faria
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