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American Politics: Party Realignment And State Politics

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What is the recent political history of your district and state?
The political history of my state of Florida has largely been dominated by democrats. They have voted democrat presidents consistently on back to back occasions. Republicans however pull electro surprises by taking advantage of differences in the democrat camps. The most notable is Richard Nixon’s 1968 heist in which rode the political realignment wave resulting from white’s disapproval of the approaches from the Movement. Since then the state has voted Democrats presidential candidates in 1976 elections -Jimmy Carter, 1996 elections -Bill Clinton and Barrack Obama in 2008 and 2012 elections. The state of Florida decided the 2000 presidential elections by voting George W. Bush over Al Gore for the presidency by just 537 votes.( Hess & Wiesenfeld, 2011).
In the senate democrats dominated up until 1992 when a republican was elected by a majority. In the 1996 electoral polls republicans captured the seat and have continued to grow in prominence at the expense of democrats. At one time Florida’s’ Legislature set the record by becoming the pioneer legistrature to be complete controlled by Republicans amongst the federal states. That was back in 1996 when in the November elections Republicans gained control of both the Senate and legistrative House. Reprieve for democrats came in the election of 2006 when they gained seats, for the first time since the ‘80s, in the House.
Most of the northern region has relatively democrat conservatives; however it has been relatively comparative in the recent past. While the Panhandle and North Florida are stout Republican supporters in presidential elections they are heavily Democratic at the local level votes. ( Hess & Wiesenfeld, 2011).
How have they voted in recent presidential and congressional elections?
North Florida is composed of mainly conservative democrats whose stand can b swayed by persuasive politics. The 2004 election saw George bush a republican win the state by a margin of 5% an improvement on his earlier win margin in 2000. 4 years later Obama won the state narrowly after having a slow start to his campaigns here, his campaign team seemingly having assumed that the states demographics were not favorable for the democrat candidate. Then his big break came in the form of the 2008 financial crisis. This made the economy a more compelling election debate issue, Obama went ahead and took the poll lead henceforth. Since Florida highly affected by this shakeup (at the time was a construction hotspot and was adversely affected by the collapse in lending. Leveraging on the fact that there were many retirees in the state who were 401ks dependants and were unfavorably affected by the fall in stock market he managed to swing enough of them to take the state by a narrow margin.(
Occasinary in Florida politics as is the case in national politics, race certainly plays a key role in fact it is a key influence most American politics. Obama has under...

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