No Democratic presidential candidate has gained Duval County since fellow Southerner Jimmy Carter carried the Jacksonville space in 1976. Joe Biden is on monitor to interrupt that streak.
This might be important to Democrats in Florida as a result of so as to make up for the previous vp underperforming the place Hillary Clinton was 4 years in the past in populous Miami-Dade County, he wants previously purple inhabitants facilities like Duval to tilt his option to have a shot at carrying the state.
The previous vp leads President Donald Trump within the county with 91% of the vote in.
Duval County is central for 2 key themes taking part in out within the 2020 basic election — the suburbs revolting in opposition to a Republican Occasion led by Trump and the work Democrats have put in to end up Black voters who didn’t end up for Hillary Clinton in 2016. Each have turned the one-time Republican stronghold into the most important swing county within the largest swing state.
“There may be an argument to be made it could be the only most essential county within the single most essential state in crucial election in a century,” Dean Black, chair of the county’s Republican Occasion, stated earlier than Election Day.
Democrats, after shedding Duval narrowly in 2016, carried the county within the 2018 basic election, main many within the get together to develop extra assured that they might do it once more this yr. The get together additionally has 6% extra registered Democrats than Republicans in Duval.
There were signs in October that Trump’s maintain on some voters in Duval County was slipping.
After voting for Trump in 2016, Danielle Wade went to the poll field undecided however finally voted for Biden.
“Fairly frankly, I’m simply over Trump’s antics,” Wade stated. “I don’t imagine he would be the cure-all,” she stated after voting for Biden, the primary Democrat she had ever backed in her 35-year-long life. “However the nation wants some reduction.”