Joe Henderson: It all comes down to unpredictable, inexplicable … – Florida Politics (blog)
You know Florida is important. You know our history with elections. And you know the nation, along with every late-night comedian, will be glued to everything that goes on within our borders on Election Day, ready to scream foul play at anything that looks askew.
We know all this. But why us? Floridians are good people. We didn’t ask to be under the microscope like this every four years. Why can’t they just let us run our elections in peace?
Just lucky, I guess. We are the Kardashians of the Electoral College. The nation loves us or hates us in equal measure, but they can’t stop watching us.
The numbers back this up.
Start with the five most populous states in the nation. We generally know how those states will vote for president long before Election Day.
California? Voted for the Democratic nominee every year since 1992.
Illinois? Six consecutive wins by the Democrats.
Texas? It has gone red nine straight times, mostly by blowouts.
New York? Seven straight blue finishes, also by blowouts.
But then there’s good ol’ Florida — good ol’ unreliable, unpredictable, and often inexplicable Florida. Since 1996, the state we call home went Democratic three times. It went Republican twice. Only once in that time was the winning margin more than 3 percent.
We are a split personality of about 20 million people in a place where everyone wants to move. We even have one Democratic senator and one Republican senator.
So, yeah, we’re a little indecisive. We are the electoral equivalent of Suspense Theater. From hanging chads to voter purges, and polls that show a state where the mood shifts daily, Florida loves to keep the candidates guessing. You don’t think they keep coming here because of the sunshine and seafood, do you? They need