Florida Young Democrat leader Steve Simeonidis sees a blue wave in Florida led by huge turnout of young voters

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Updated: March 8, 2021


Left to Steve Simeonidis, the midterm elections in America’s largest swing state have already been won by the Democrats. Andrew Gillum, the 39-year old Mayor of Tallahassee has already defeated Republican Ron DeSantis, a former Congressman. In the Florida U.S. Senate race, Democratic incumbent Senator Bill Nelson has also defeated Governor Rick Scott. The same blue wave goes for any other race in the state.

Simeonidis, the President of the Miami-Dade young Democrats, was upbeat when he addressed foreign journalists near Miami Beach on Monday.

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He was optimistic that the huge early voting turnout already recorded in the purple state, and the general mood in Florida would hand, or have already handed victory to Democratic candidates.

Steve Simeonidis, President of the Miami-Dade young Democrats addresses foreign journalists near Miami Beach on Monday, November 5, 2018. Photo: Emmanuel Ikodor, TODAY NEWS AFRICA, Miami

According to him, when the 21 million residents in Florida wake up on Wednesday morning, it would be to celebrate a fresh air in the state, a repudiation of President Donald Trump, his Republican comrades and his America First policy.

Steve Simeonidis, President of the Miami-Dade young Democrats addresses foreign journalists near Miami Beach on Monday, November 5, 2018. Photo: Emmanuel Ikodor,
TODAY NEWS AFRICA, Miami

Young people are coming out in droves to vote, he said, driven by perceived Republican threats to healthcare, especially for people with pre-existing conditions. 

Steve Simeonidis, President of the Miami-Dade young Democrats addresses foreign journalists near Miami Beach on Monday, November 5, 2018. Photo: Emmanuel Ikodor,
TODAY NEWS AFRICA, Miami

Students’ loans and gun violence are also two other big issues young people in the state are concerned about.

And President Trump, who has been accused by dozens of women of sexual assault, is making things even worse for his party, especially for young women in Florida, Simeonidis argued.

Steve Simeonidis, President of the Miami-Dade young Democrats addresses foreign journalists near Miami Beach on Monday, November 5, 2018. Video: Emmanuel Ikodor,
TODAY NEWS AFRICA, Miami

According to Simeonidis, young people understand what is at state and unlike in the past when they did not vote in the midterm elections, many of them understand that this time is different, their future is at stake. 

On foreign policy, he rejected President Trump’s America First agenda, saying that as the most armed and richest country on earth, the United States can help people at home and abroad.

The Democrats, he said, would restore a sense of decency when they return to power, at least in the state of Florida, on Wednesday morning.

Steve Simeonidis, President of the Miami-Dade young Democrats addresses foreign journalists near Miami Beach on Monday, November 5, 2018. Video: Emmanuel Ikodor,
TODAY NEWS AFRICA, Miami

But although Simeonidis was upbeat, especially after the Quinnipiac survey said 50 percent of likely voters favor Gillum while 43 percent of likely voters support DeSantis, Dr Kathryn DePalo of Florida International University who addressed foreign journalists near Miami Beach also on Monday morning said she sees a closer race.

While healthcare, gun control and Trump are big issues for the Democrats, immigration and the desire to protect the Second Amendment (gun control) are big issues for the Republicans.

Dr DePalo said independent voters would likely determine who wins on Tuesday.  There are 4.9 million Democrats in Florida, 4.6 million Republicans and about 3.5 million voters who are not affiliated to any party.

And with Republicans and Democrats all talking to their base, the independents may have the final say.

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Simon Ateba Washington DC
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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