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Fri Nov 24, 2017, 09:05 AM

Why Democrats feel Miami-Dade is moving their way

Six reasons why Democrats in Miami-Dade are feeling bullish on their prospects.

MIAMI Miami-Dade County has long been a crucial region for Democrats' hopes of winning races in Florida. But today, the county's Democratic lean is becoming stronger than ever.

Both Al Gore and John Kerry won Miami-Dade by about 40,000 votes. Then, in 2008, Barack Obama won Miami-Dade by 139,000 votes.

Four years later and contrary to the decline in his vote share elsewhere Obama won Miami-Dade by 208,000 votes. Finally, in 2016, Hillary Clinton defeated Donald Trump in Miami-Dade by a whopping 290,000 votes.

The trend line is clear: In Miami-Dade, an ethnically diverse metropolitan area where staunchly Republican Cuban-Americans have traditionally played a leading role in politics, the Democrats are gaining ground.


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