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Democrats Turning Out At Lower Rates Than Republicans In Miami

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Democrats are turning out at lower rates than Republicans in Florida’s largest county, Miami-Dade, after Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s campaign pared down field operations because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Campaign operatives told Politico that door-to-door efforts to persuade voters to jump on the Biden bandwagon were at a standstill and without funding — despite record-breaking fundraising hauls by the campaign — for months leading up to the final stretch before Election Day.

“We did not get the kind of funding for different vendors who would do that type of work until late in the campaign,” Rep. Frederica Wilson, who represents Miami’s heavily Black congressional district, told Politico.

In Miami-Dade, 152,964 registered Republicans cast early ballots, leading Democratic voters, 146,371 of whom turned out early to the polls, according to state data on Friday.

Meanwhile, Democrats who mailed in their ballots in the county nearly doubled that of Republicans, 208,803 to 116,040.

Of particular importance to Biden’s success are votes from young people and Black and Hispanic Americans. Miami-Dade has a high concentration of Cuban Americans, another crucial voting bloc that Biden needs to clinch.

To make up for the lag in voter-canvassing efforts in the region, Biden’s running mate, California Sen. Kamala Harris, is hosting an event this weekend to rally… (Read more)

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