Skip to comments.Obama Has Challenges in Florida
Posted on 06/12/2011 5:20:04 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
President Barack Obama has problems in Florida that he didn't have when he won this pivotal swing state in 2008.
The economy here is worse than elsewhere. Foreclosures are high. Property values are low. And, now that he's the president, Obama could be blamed.
Voters' shifting attitudes underscore the degree to which the atmosphere has changed since his first campaign; Florida Democrats made gains in the 2008 elections with Obama on the top of the ticket, but the GOP won big across the state just two years later.
All that explains why Florida Democrats are redoubling their efforts to re-energize the rank and file - including Saturday at the state party's Jefferson-Jackson Dinner - and why Obama's campaign team has been on the ground training volunteers a full 17 months before the election.
The challenges also explain why Obama, himself, has been such a frequent visitor to the Sunshine State.
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Obama only won Florida over McCain by 50% to 48%. With Indiana and North Carolina off the table, he’ll have to win it this time.
Baraq loses any 2-way matchup, guaranteed.
What worries me is the potential for a 3-way race and Baraq winning a Clintonian plurality.
I do believe the Baraqqi Coalition can pull 37% or so of the vote.
As bad as Florida’s economy is going, it’s citizens would be nuts to reelect the idiot Obama, but people do stupid things.
Not happening, unless those Liberal/Marxist/Democrats in S. Florida jam the ballot boxes again.
“Obuggery is not even going to be competitive in Florida this time.”
That is a comforting thougth. I don’t think it should be taken for granted.
Gov Scott and the GOP state houses passed a series of new voter laws cleaning up/restricting voter registration , IDs, and limiting early voting.
Crist literally gave FL to the ACORN Marxist by extending voting hours and not stopping Acorn- dem party registration fraud.
Scott has stopped it all well in advance of 2012. We need to demand an investigation of Crist and his 2008 action to leave the polls open for Barry. I would like to know how much Soros paid him or was it something else ?
Has he reinstated the lifetime voting ban for felons. I thought that was a terrific law. As an aside, I didn’t know Florida real estate was that depressed. I wonder where the best bargains can be found?
Bargains in real estate all over FL. You can buy a 20 year old single family home, and I mean single family with a small plot of land, not a trailer, for $80K in Panama City. I have seen duplexes go for $40K there. zip code 32401
Bummer only just won 2008, with all the money and hopeychangy they could muster.
This is the 1-termiest 1-termer EVER.
If he wins, votes no longer count in America.
I’m glad to hear Florida will have good election laws, as written. But what about her make it up as they go Supreme Court. Has Gov. Scott done enough to prevent progressive meddling via your courts?
I’m in Orlando. Obama took Orlando in 2008. He’s not even going to be close in 2012.
Nothing should be taken for granted. Every state is a battleground, to at least some extent.
Yeah, he only won Florida by 50% to 48%. And that was in a year where he should have won by a landslide in FL, given how well Democrats did all over the country.
So...there is hope in FL. Still, can’t take it for granted.
Then I assume time shares in the same area are going for virtually nothing.
Ridiculous foreclosure sale prices.
Agreed CF...never forget 2000!
Don’t let anyone try to fool you. 2012 will be and even bigger wave election than 2012. Then we will have a chance to hand that POST Obama his own ass! Highly motivating!
“...And, now that he’s the president, Obama could be blamed....”
Wow. Real Clear Politics has landed on planet obvious.
It’s going to be an all out blitz in FL of Medi-scare ads. But Dems are starting so early on Medi-scare, that people may be numb to it by the time the election rolls around. That’s pretty much all they’ve got to run on, and people can take only so much.
Sarasota, FL, 1 in 21 homes foreclosed:
Lakeland, FL, 1 in 21 homes foreclosed::
Tampa, FL, 1 in 20 homes foreclosed:
Port St. Lucie, FL, 1 in 19 homes foreclosed:
Naples, FL, 1 in 18 homes foreclosed:
Deltona, FL, 1 in 17 homes foreclosed:
Orlando, FL, 1 in 15 homes foreclosed:
Miami, FL, 1 in 14 homes foreclosed:
Cape Coral, FL, 1 in 12 homes foreclosed:
A house in my neighborhood in south Fla. was appraised at 850k a few years ago. It was sold at a bank auction a few months ago at $275k. Most of the Keys are like that.
Ouch! Some relatives are having improvements done. I hope they aren’t in vain.
“What worries me is the potential for a 3-way race”
That is their best hope. They will have to hope or create a “conservative” third party candidate to siphon votes away to ensure Obumbo will win.
It’s even worse in Key West. Condos selling for 650k a few yeas ago are routinely foreclosed on at 150-175k with monthly maintenance fees skyrocketing since the places are not longer fully sold.
Hard to tell. Most liekly scenario for real estate to make a come back is when the dollar is worth about half of what it is now in a few years.
Some Democrats claim that Rick Scott’s unpopularity will spill over into the presidential are. I don’t think it will be much of a factor.
People forget how close 2008 actually was....Red states gain 14 Electoral Votes due to reapportionment off the census, all they need is Florida Ohio and any other one state...this is totally doable.
Rick Scott only beat alex sink by 2% of the vote for governor.
And in Broward county where I live, 66% went for sink. Of course this is dws district 20. help boot her
Let’s make the headline less wordy.
Obama is challenged
I’m concerned about a repeat of 2000...with a close contested election.
Fortunately, our legislature just passed some new election laws that should curb voter fraud.
Not taking anything for granted...we all need to work very hard to REPEAL OBAMA in 2012!
Very amusing. Is your husband from Scotland?
I pray that Donald Trump does NOT run as and Independent and split the anti-Obama vote.
You make a very good point.
Unfortunately, I think the absolute guaranteed rat minimum vote is probably at 40% these days. Back in 1992, it was probably in the mid 30's. So, all the rats and msm need to do is support a third party candidate to such an extent that he can get into the upper teens. Then, an obamao victory can be assured -- now matter how bad the economy is and now matter how impressive the GOP candidate is.
So the question is: will Trump be able to repeat Perot's 1992 -uh- "success"?
no he isn’t - he signed in one night and started a conversation. He got interrupted and asked me to continue the conversation without him - hence my FReeper id was born ;)
Also recall that the the Omaha CD is off the table along with 6 votes from reapportionment. Also recall that a tie will win in 2012 whereas it would have lost in 2008. That basically cuts obamao's margin by over a third -- from 96.5 down to 62.5.
Note that almost half of the remaining margin is represented by Florida's 29 votes.
Here north of Tampa very nice homes are going for a lot less. There are some really nice four bedrooms in not bad areas with pools and all such for 60K.
Don’t know of any right off.
Personally I thought the nation was gooey fruitcake nutty to reelect Bill Clinton and Obama makes Clinton look like Reagan by comparison.
why do you think obama is pushing the settment against the banks.
if obama can force principle reduction and checks to borrowers who have or may be forclosed then he gets bonus points.
it is insane to buy condos or hoa homes in FL.
the fees not paid to foclosed units go on the backs of the remaining owners.
I think it’s very unlikely that Trump would run as an independent because that would be on his own money.
I believe the Don likes to use others $$$.
Why is a lifetime voting ban a good thing? At what point does a criminal finally pay for his crimes? Never?
“My concern is “what” are they training them to do? Cheat like hell and steal the election?”
Of course not, they are being trained in sweetness and light, they plan to sprinkle daisies in the path of the Republicans and overcome the opposition with kindness.