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Decision Florida: Who Are The Swing Voters In The Sunshine State?

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Walter Michot
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Miami Herald
In a state of almost 12.5 million registered voters, who are the swing voters in Florida?

In 2012, Florida’s election results were decided by less than one percent. In 2000, fewer than 600 votes separated the candidates.

Today, Florida remains a swing state, with an especially high number of registered independents.

One in four registered voters in the state don’t declare any political party, making it the fastest growing political class in Florida.

So, who exactly are Florida's swing voters?

Decision Florida hosts Tom Hudson and John Davis from WGCU speak with WMFE News Director Catherine Welch, Washington Post National Correspondent James Hohmann and Asma Khalid, Campaign Reporter for NPR.

While the top of the ticket this election year gets plenty of attention, the entire Florida legislature in Florida is up for election. Lawmakers elected in November will inherit a $77 billion state budget.  

Highlights of the discussion:  

 

In a journalism career covering news from high global finance to neighborhood infrastructure, Tom Hudson is the Vice President of News and Special Correspondent for WLRN. He hosts and produces the Sunshine Economy and anchors the Florida Roundup in addition to leading the organization's news engagement strategy.