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Florida Democrats boast of 'sporadic voter' advantage over GOP



Not all of the four million votes already cast in Florida are created equal. Yes, we have a one-person-one-vote system (well, except maybe in Miami-Dade), but getting sporadic voters to cast ballots early can be more valuable than convincing people already certain to vote to vote before election day.

Ashley Walker, senior Florida adviser to the For Our Future, super PAC, said Democrats are better positioned on that front when one looks at the Floridians who already have voted.

"Thirty percent of our voters are sporadic voters, versus 24.8 percent of GOP," she said. "But even more telling, when you look at your three of threes -- your people who have voted in every one of the last three presidential elections 56 percent of GOP's voters are voters who are going to show up (any way), compared to 47 percent of Democratic voters who are tried and true. I feel good that we are turning out more sporadic voters than they are."

Walker spoke to reporters on a conference call she held with other Democratic partners in the voter mobilization efforts including Angel Darcourt, Florida Field Director at Working America; Jerry Green, Florida Outreach Director for Vote Vets; and Jared Norlund, Florida Field Director at NCLR Action PAC.

The groups are supplementing the efforts of the Clinton campaign and Democratic party and aiming to build a lasting political infrastructure to help Democrats in 2018 and beyond. Walker said her super PAC signed up 132,000 people to vote by mail - 65 percent female, nearly half black, one third Hispanic, and 41 percent first time voters.

"Just last week our team in the north Miami office identified 17 people who said they wanted to vote early but didn't know a way to get there," Walker said. "So on Saturday morning our team coordinated with each other to pick up those voters and take them to early vote before they started canvassing that day. Every vote matters.

[Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2016 9:47pm]


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