Apr 3, 2024 - News

🗳️ Abortion rulings boost Florida Dems' hopes

Photo illustration of Biden speaking on a microphone in front of a repeating pattern of VOTE pins and medical crosses

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The Florida Supreme Court's seismic rulings on abortion Monday unleashed a frenzy of campaigning among Democrats eager to turn the Sunshine State back into the nation's most important battleground.

Why it matters: Abortion rights have won in every state where they've appeared on the ballot since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June 2022, overperforming President Biden and juicing Democratic turnout.

State of play: Within 24 hours of the rulings, the Biden campaign was mobilizing and fundraising to ensure voters understood the stakes of November's vote to enshrine abortion rights in the state's constitution.

  • Both Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris issued searing statements blaming Republicans — including former President Donald Trump — for Florida's new abortion restrictions.
  • Biden campaign manager Julie Chávez-Rodriguez released a memo declaring that Florida — which Trump carried by 370,000 votes in 2020 — was now a "winnable" state.

The intrigue: The Biden campaign also released a new ad Tuesday featuring Trump's boasts about getting Roe v. Wade "terminated" — but the spot will not run in Florida.

  • That could be a sign that while the campaign wants the state to be competitive in November, it's not yet prepared to invest serious cash in what many Florida Democrats believe is a pipe dream.

Keep reading: Dems hope for money boost as GOP holds registration lead


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