No Democratic presidential candidate has gained Duval County since fellow Southerner Jimmy Carter carried the Jacksonville space in 1976. Joe Biden is on observe to interrupt that streak.
This might be important to Democrats in Florida as a result of as a way 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 pink inhabitants facilities like Duval to tilt his method to have a shot at carrying the state.
The former vp leads President Donald Trump within the county with 91% of the vote in.
Duval County is central for 2 key themes enjoying out within the 2020 normal election — the suburbs revolting in opposition to a Republican Party led by Trump and the work Democrats have put in to prove Black voters who didn’t prove for Hillary Clinton in 2016. Both have turned the one-time Republican stronghold into the biggest swing county within the largest swing state.
“There is an argument to be made it may be the single most important county in the single most important state in the most important election in a century,” Dean Black, chair of the county’s Republican Party, stated earlier than Election Day.
Democrats, after shedding Duval narrowly in 2016, carried the county within the 2018 normal election, main many within the get together to develop extra assured that they might do it once more this 12 months. 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 ultimately voted for Biden.
“Quite frankly, I am just over Trump’s antics,” Wade stated. “I don’t believe he will be the cure-all,” she stated after voting for Biden, the primary Democrat she had ever backed in her 35-year-long life. “But the country needs some relief.”