Marco Rubio’s Senate Re-Election Chances Take Major Blow


The former police chief of Orlando, Florida (OPD) and Representative Val Demings (D-FL) is taking on Senator Marco Rubio. A new poll completed Wednesday showed him with a mere two percent lead. Given that the poll has a 2.2 percent margin of error, she could actually be slightly ahead of him.

The Harley-Davidson riding Demings has three sons and five grandchildren. And she is the first woman plus one of the first Black Americans to prosecute a “presidential impeachment before the U.S. Senate,” according to her House website. Demings is one of seven children and grew up in a two-room home. Although she was the first to graduate from college and went on to get her Master’s Degree in Public Administration (MPA), and now she holds three honorary doctorates of law. Plus:

‘Through the work of Chief Demings and her dedicated officers, OPD reduced violent crime by more than 40 percent.’

Although the Senate favors the sitting legislator in the midterms, she is an intriguing contender against Rubio. The St. Pete Poll indicated that 48 percent of the electorate in Florida prefer Rubio and 46 percent favor Demings, according to the Florida Politics poll. Marco, a two-term senator, fell beneath the crucial 50 percent mark.

Among Republicans, Rubio’s number flew up to 82 percent of all the Republicans and 15 percent of Democrats. Yet, the former police chief “holds the support of over 79 percent of Democrats and attracts support of just under 14 percent of GOP voters.”

Then, there are the ever-present swing voters. They split evenly between Rubio and Demings, 46 percent to 46 percent. The remaining 8 percent have not selected a preference. If she won, she would be just the second woman to represent Florida in the Senate. She would also be the first Black Senator from Florida. Nearly, 80 percent of the Black votes went to her, while Rubio only took 15 percent.

Even 48 percent of men favored Demings and 47 percent remained loyal to Rubio. Among Cuban-Americans, Rubio took 49 percent of them. Demings took 45 percent.

The Florida Politics-commissioned survey was taken on Monday and Tuesday and included 2,068 registered Florida voters. “St. Pete Polls results appear in polling indexes for major aggregators FiveThirtyEight and RealClearPolitics.”

The former police chief Chairs the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery:

‘Demings sits on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (Subcommittee on Intelligence Modernization and Readiness; Subcommittee on Defense Intelligence and Warfighter Support).’

The list goes on:

‘the House Judiciary Committee (Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security; Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law), and the House Committee on Homeland Security (Subcommittee on Transportation and Maritime Security).’

Not one to dither about, Demings is also is:

‘[A] member of the Congressional Black Caucus, Women’s Caucus, and New Democratic Caucus. She is a member of the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery Review Board and the Elections Security Taskforce.’

‘Besides serving as a Subcommittee Vice-Chair, Congresswoman Demings’ leadership positions include serving as Assistant and Regional Whip for the House Democratic Caucus, Co-Chair of Candidate Recruitment for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and Vice Chair of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force.’

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