Jacksonville Republicans Deliver Victory for Rick Scott
Lenny Curry, the chairman of the Republican Party of Duval County, declared Tuesday’s election results a “significant victory for the Duval GOP and for Team North Florida.”
Curry has good reason to be upbeat about the performance.
Republican turnout was huge. U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio racked uip a nearly 90,000 vote margin of victory in Duval County over statewide second place finisher Charlie Crist. Congressmen Ander Crenshaw and Cliff Stearns were re-elected by huge margins, as was State Senator John Thrasher. Republicans also swept the state's trio of cabinet races, scoring victories of at least 15% in Duval county for each race.
“We have a very large and active volunteer base in Duval County,” Curry said. “In the weeks leading up to Election Day we’ve had more than 1,000 people who’ve volunteered for our phone banks, for door-to-door work and for other important assignments."
As proof that his party was on top of its game from the beginning, Curry points to the fact that Republicans in Duval County over performed in absentee and early voting by 35% relative to their share of the total number of voters.
“Despite having nearly 20% fewer registered voters than the Democrats, we led them in absentee and early voting by 10,000 ballots," said Curry. "On Election Day we widened the margin even further.”
In a tight statewide race race for Governor, Republican Rick Scott comfortably defeated Democrat Alex Sink in Duval, Clay, Nassau, St. Johns and Baker counties. Scott's margin of victory over Alex Sink in Duval and the four surrounding counties is currently reported as 77,375 votes. Statewide, Scott leads Sink by 66,506 votes.
Operating from three headquarters locations in Duval County, Republican volunteers logged tens of thousands of phone calls in recent weeks to Jacksonville Republicans and to those in nearby counties urging them to vote. Tracking absentee ballots and encouraging Republicans to participate in Early Voting, Curry believes the local party was able to significantly increase GOP turnout.
“We beat the Democrats because we got a significantly higher percentage of our voters to turn out. Of the seven most populous counties in the state, Duval County was the only one where Rick Scott won a majority of the vote," said Curry. "I’m extremely proud of our grassroots volunteers who made this happen.”