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The Kaleidoscope of Florida Politics

David K. Twigg

in The Politics of Disaster

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780813041889
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780813043890 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813041889.003.0003
The Kaleidoscope of Florida Politics

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Florida's legislative, gubernatorial, and cabinet incumbents have historically enjoyed strong reelection advantage. Florida's population grew substantially during the 20th century, shifting from rural to urban and increasing significantly in central and southern Florida. As more people moved to the state, political affiliations changed and Democratic Party dominance waned, with Republicans eventually dominating the legislature and most statewide elected positions. As Florida's demographics changed overall, Dade County's also evolved, with a significant influx of people from Cuba and other parts of Latin America and the Caribbean swelling the population. As the population shifted, voter registration shifted, and the ethnic mix of elected officials, especially from South Florida, diversified.

Keywords: Democrats; demographics; elections; ethnic politics; Florida politics; Florida population; incumbency; Republicans

Chapter.  5159 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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