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Andrew's First Cavalry: State Officials Respond

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/9780813041889.003.0005
Andrew's First Cavalry: State Officials Respond

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As announced in chapter 4, three cabinet members, the governor, and the lieutenant governor were in office and about to seek reelection when Andrew struck. In the wake of the hurricane, incumbent campaigns adjusted for the continuing recovery efforts in South Dade. The significant responses of these officials after Hurricane Andrew, their success at bringing substantial resources into South Dade to help with the initial relief and with longer term recovery efforts, improved their images among South Dade voters. To a large extent, they became heroes to that part of their constituencies. Similarly, the 1992 presidential candidate Ross Perot, who had provided substantial financial and rhetorical support for the Salvation Army's hurricane relief efforts in South Dade, earned greater vote share in South Dade than further north in the county.

Keywords: campaigns; constituency service; elections; Florida politics; Hurricane Andrew; incumbency; leadership; relief efforts; Ross Perot; South Dade

Chapter.  14332 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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