Publication date:12 August 2013
Length of book:188 pages
This book places the 2010 elections in Florida in historical context and offers insight into and an explanation for the substantial gains made by the Republicans that year. This book provides narratives of gubernatorial, U.S. Senatorial, congressional, and state legislative campaigns along with empirical data on voter registration, voter turnout, and the electoral behavior of groups in the Florida electorate. It also speaks to the importance of national forces on state level elections and the impact of external advocacy groups in such elections.
The outcome of competitive elections for national, state, and local races in Florida has significant implications for politics and public policy both within the Sunshine State and the United States as a whole. That is why it is important to be able to identify those factors that help us explain and predict election outcomes. The 2010 Elections in Florida does just that by providing us with a clear picture as to how the discerning mood of Floridians, the attractiveness of the Tea Party’s conservative message, a sputtering economy, the decline in approval ratings for President Obama and Democrats in Congress, and the all-important factor of money influencing the outcome of what many have called a “wave” election both in Florida and the nation.