Florida’s Election Results From a Gun Rights Perspective

Today has been a stomach churning election in the Sunshine State. With Republican candidate Ron DeSantis’ early election lead over Democrat candidate Andrew Gillum evaporating over the weekend, it became a neck-and-neck race with Democrats holding a .3% polling lead over Republicans for the gubernatorial seat as the voting booths opened this morning.

Early Voting Results

The race was so nail biting that MSNBC was caught throwing up a fake graphic showing a Democrat victory last night. Yes, on Monday night. The day before the elections.

All In host Chris Hayes told viewers. “Just want to say, earlier this hour, uh, we showed a graphic of the Florida gubernatorial race. May have caught your eye because our system had inadvertently populated some test numbers. Obviously, we do not yet have any vote totals here, the night before the election. That was a misfire. Don’t worry. I was pretty confused when I saw it up there, to see it myself.”

In the end, the real results are that Ron DeSantis won the governor’s race.

It was a close fight, pro-gun rights candidate Ron DeSantis won and Florida gun owners can breath a slight sigh of relief.

Courtesy FL Dept. of Elections

Sure, we still have anti-gun Republican Senate President, Bill Galvano, ruling the roost in the legislature. But at least he can’t collude with a would-have-been gun-grabbing governor had Andrew Gillum won. DeSantis stated that as governor, he would have vetoed Galvano’s gun control bill, SB 7026.

Businesses in Florida can also breath easy. Businesses like Kel-Tec, Serbu Firearms, Knights Armament, CORE Rifle Systems, Century Arms, Spikes’ Tactical, SCCY FirearmsI.O. IncFightLite Industries, and many more. Florida actually has more gun manufacturers than any other state except Texas. This after a surge of 346 percent in licenses for gun makers since 2009, fueled by the nation’s growing demand for firearms.

If Gillum had won, he’d have directed the Department of Business and Professional Regulation to make it a living hell for them to do business in the state. Plus his plan to raise corporate tax rates would have hurt the industry, including FFLs, as well. The new governor will also select three state supreme court justices. Bullet dodged.


As for Florida’s cabinet positions, Ashley Moody won the Attorney General’s seat.

Courtesy FL Dept. of Elections

Republican Ashley Moody won but she isn’t really a friend of gun owners. Still, she’ll no doubt be an improvement over Democrat Sean Shaw. Moody may not be our friend, but Shaw would have been our avowed enemy.

If Shaw had won, he would have pushed for more restrictions by using his office as a bully pulpit and would have directed state agencies to re-interpret existing laws (think Massachusetts’ Attorney General Maura Healey’s unilateral “assault weapons” ban).

We’ll need to keep Moody on a tight leash, though. She has a history of raising tens of thousands of dollars from registered Democrats and trial lawyers who have also given money to Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Charlie Crist, and Alex Sink. Like we said, she’s no friend to gun owners. But she’s clearly the lesser of two evils.


For the Commissioner of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Matt Caldwell won.

Republican Matt Caldwell won the day and is a good pick for the office of Agriculture Commissioner. He is so good, in fact, that he made the NRA’s Marion Hammer angry because he has been aggressive enough in defending gun rights that he was told to tone it down.

He will defend our concealed weapons permit system and won’t let it be corrupted as Democrat Nikke Fried would have.

UPDATE:

Matt Caldwell will face a recount due to the election being so close and the fact that Nikki Fried has not conceded and is demanding one. Caldwell currently has a 0.16 percentage point lead on Fried.

Per the Florida Division of Elections, Caldwell is ahead by 12,398 votes.

Courtesy FL Div. of Elections


Lastly, for the US Senate. Rick Scott won.

Now-former Republican Governor Rick Scott, who signed Florida’s gun control bill SB 7026 into law after Parkland unseated incumbent Nelson. His victory is something of a mixed bag. As a Republican he was rewarded for signing more gun control into law, but having him in the Senate should be another reliable vote for President Trump potential Supreme Court nominees.

UPDATE:

Sen. Nelson is challenging the elections results and is demanding a recount. According to a number of news sources; Rick Scott’s lead narrowed slightly this morning to a total of 30,161 votes out of more than 8.1 million that were cast over the election. A margin of less than one half of 1 percent. Under state law makes a recount mandatory if the winning candidate’s margin is 0.5 percentage points or less.

The New York Times claims that Rick Scott only has a 34,537 lead.

Courtesy NYT

While the Florida Division of Elections officially reports 30,176 lead.

Courtesy FL Div. of Elections

No matter what, the lead is too small and even though Rick Scott while technically is the winner. He has not been able to officially claim as such since Bill Nelson has not conceded.

comments

  1. avatar DDay says:

    Kristi Noem won the Governor race in South Dakota. The jackass current governor Dennis Daugaard vetoed Constitutional Carry and Noem has said she would sign it. So that should be coming to SD in 2019.

    1. avatar DDay says:

      The Governor in Oklahoma mary fallin also vetoed Constitutional Carry , the newly elected GOP governor elect said he’d sign it.

      Also, the new Governor in Tennessee is a lifetime NRA member and good pro 2a person. We might see CC there soon.

      A few states where it passed the legislature but was vetoed by the Governor are Utah and Montana, those seats are open until 2020.

      Kemp in Georgia is very pro 2a so we could see some moves there. Might see some movement in OH now that pos kasich is gone.

      1. avatar anonymoose says:

        Don’t bet on Ohio. Even though the state is now solidly (R) (except for Sherrod winning again), DeWine is a swamp-creature, so anything that gets passed on to him will probably get poison-pilled just like Kasich and Taft. I’m really worried that Nancy Pelosi might become House Majority leader again. 🙁

        1. avatar don says:

          We will have to see when the first pro-gun bill comes across DeWine’s desk. BFA endorsed DeWine. OFCC opposed DeWne and endorse Hustead at first. Us old timer’s still remember when DeWine and Vornivick where in Washington. Both where very anti-gun.

        2. avatar TomC says:

          Yes, Nancy will be a problem — because she knows how to do her job — both her job representing her district and her new job as Speaker of the House — and THAT is our biggest problem at the national level: The Democrats know how to do their jobs in Congress AND THE REPUBLICANS FLAT DON’T HAVE A CLUE. Two years with the Republicans holding the White House, and both houses of congress and what have they accomplished?!? Yes, Trump has given us two good Supreme Court Justices (with damn little help from the supposedly “Republican” Senate); but what has the “Republican” Congress given us? N O T H I N G ! OK, I grant that NOTHING from the Republicans is better than what we would have gotten from a solid blue Congress, but the simple fact is that the Republican party has no one willing and able to lead a majority (particularly Kentucky’s own Mitch McConnell). Even when they have a majority, the Republicans still act like a minority party. They occasionally propose some good legislation, but at the slightest sign of any opposition the republicans simply fold.

        3. avatar LarryinTX says:

          “Nothing”? Tom, I kinda consider the tax bill a big deal.

        4. avatar DDay says:

          TomC – 60 votes are required to get legislation through the senate, GOP didn’t have the numbers.

          Dem’s had 60 for obama until kennedy dropped dead in 2010. What did dem’s get through after the GOP picked up the house in ’10? Nothing.

    2. avatar The dude says:

      “Noem has said she would sign it.”

      Saying and doing it are not the same. Let’s see if it makes it to her desk again and then we’ll see what she does. Words are worth nothings, actions are worth everything.

      1. avatar LarryinTX says:

        Good example is the Republican Congress putting the repeal of Obamacare on Obama’s desk a dozen times, for him to veto, then when Trump is there saying “let’s roll”, the same players could not get it done. You worry about “fake news”, that was “fake government”. Disgusting.

    3. avatar Travis says:

      What? You mean Sutton wouldn’t have been in favor of Constitutional Carry? 😉 I think that was the closest race we have had in SD for Governor in a long time! Glad it turned out the way that it did! I worked on every person that I knew to vote for Kristi

    4. avatar Ghost says:

      I think the North & South Dakota did well…Minnesota on the other hand..They prefer Woman beaters, Child Molesters, Muslim Woman killers wearing badges, Child Killers, and their proud being the Number One ISIS recruiting State in the Nation. Go Minnesota !! *Sarc*

  2. avatar Specialist38 says:

    I breathed a sigh of relief.

    Sorry to see Rick Scott still has a political career. We will see if he supports conservative picks or if he folds to the hand-wringing anti-liberty population. He has done it once.

    1. avatar DDay says:

      I despise scott for his sellout too. The other scott in Vermont sold out and won too.

      Both in FL and VT, you almost had to hold your nose and vote since the dem sucked 10 times more. The dem in VT is a guy who thinks he’s a women after being married for decades to a woman and having a few kids with her. The guy is clearly mentally ill yet still got 40% of the vote.

      scott will vote for all trumps judges, nelson would vote for probably none of them. I’m glad nelson is toast, he’s a pos

    2. avatar TheUnspoken says:

      Agreed, we could have kept a Senate majority even with Nelson, and run someone new against him next time, instead Scott will be the incumbent. I just wrote “Bumpstock repeal” in for Senate, couldn’t vote Nelson or Scott.

      I am excited about Desantis and a lot of the other Florida Republican wins, what blue wave here? Glad to see some of those who voted against SB-7026 get re-elected. I just wish we could do something about the Republican party and Senate leadership, just not sure why the anti-2A Republicrats are calling the shots or how we can get rid of them.

      Though Florida voters just blanket passed all but one of the Florida constitutional amendments, should vote no by default but we like to stick trains and pigs and now Greyhounds and all animals as needing special protection. Time will tell whether Amendment 13 is just the end of dog tracks, or whether the loose language is really a threat to hunting, zoos, etc. We can’t let any kind of gun control Amendment get onto the ballot or Floridians will likely pass it. Things aren’t looking good for Washington State with I-1639.

    3. avatar tdiinva says:

      The reason your gun rights were in danger is that you would rather lose your Second Amendment rights than vote for the less than perfect candidate.

      1. avatar Armed Partisan (Hajduc Bear 🐻) says:

        Rick Scott is not “less than perfect”; he’s anti-gun. He’s done more damage to the civil rights of Floridians than any Democrat has since Jim Crow. Less than perfect, JFC!

  3. avatar Andrew Lias says:

    Better than IL. JB got elected here, I kind of see that as a bad omen; I should buy some lancers and pmags and 80% lowers now.

    1. avatar DDay says:

      JB is going to be bad, very bad. IL is like NY and CA, there are just too many idiot dems in those states. He’ll sign all the bad gun bills the legislature can pass, all the tax increases, everything. He’ll just be a cuomo type with a bigger bank account.

    2. avatar former water walker says:

      Yep we’re F##ked. Accelerating my gun,ammo and yes PMag buying. If we’re lucky Prickster will end up in prison for property tax fraud-or have a heart attack. We haven’t forgotten ILLinois had to be court ordered to have CC or even have a freaking handgun in Chiraq…oh and Andrew plenty of NW Indiana gunshops will selltou mags and such without ID. NO matter law!

      1. avatar DDay says:

        What helps you a lot in Illinois is the 7th Circuit court of appeals. there are 9 GOP nominated judges on that circuit including 4 already from Trump including Conservative star Amy Coney Barrett. There are only 2 nominees from D’s, one obama and one clinton https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Court_of_Appeals_for_the_Seventh_Circuit

        Any BS the lib’s in IL pass can be brought right to federal court. If they try to pass an assault weapons ban statewide, mag limits statewide, etc. those probably won’t fare wel in the 7th and would be ripe for SCOTUS to take up

        Trump is making a huge impact on the courts. There a lot of 9th circut openings and a lot of clinton judges who will reach retirement age. trump has a chance to flip even the 9th That’s huge.

        1. avatar former water walker says:

          Sure buddy…I hope there’s some validity in your comments. It won’t stop the highest taxes in America being repealed or the evil corruption of Dumbocrats. Or the billions promised to cop’s,firemen,teacher’s or gubmint drones. I’ll still look to move to nearby Indiana. Sigh…

        2. avatar DDay says:

          former water walker – no it’s not going to help you with taxes in IL or the massive corruption or that dirtbag madigan, etc. but the 7th will help with 2A issues. IL has a massive pension and spending issue and that’s going to go warp speed with the dem legislature and JB as governor. They’ll increase taxes and regulations even more and drive even more business from IL. I really feel for those in IL, chicago/cook county is such a big portion of the population, they punish everyone else in the state with the leftwingers they put in control of IL

        3. avatar J Gibbons says:

          We’d love to have you in the great Red state of Indiana, former water walker. I, too, am a Hoosier transplant from Illinois.

  4. avatar Danny L Griffin says:

    Apparently not that many gun owners in Florida. We know gun owners would never vote for a Democrat.

    1. avatar anonymoose says:

      Wasn’t there a story a while back about some Democrat guy in Florida who was arguing with a Republican he knew on Facebook, tossed his AR15 in the car, and then drove to the Republican guy’s house to shoot him or something? FLORIDAMAN STRIKES AGAIN!

      1. avatar LarryinTX says:

        Didn’t hear that one, would take a really stupid Democrat, at least in TX. Maybe they think SBC could stand for “suicide by conservative”, as well. “We have a WINNER! Come on DOWN!!”

    2. avatar Troubled Soul says:

      In WA state we have almost 600,000 concealed carriers.
      That’s one out of 12 people here who are concealed carriers, so how the hell does crap like I1639 get passed??
      I’ll never understand why people vote against their own interests.
      They willing give up their rights.
      Rights they will never get back.

      1. avatar What about...? says:

        In WA 18 to 20 year olds lost their right to purchase modern rifles made since 1899. This group is already banned from handgun purchases. The 2A doesn’t apply to 18 to 20 year olds, but they can be drafted.

        The cost of gun ownership just went up for minorities and low income

        The privileged who are old enough and can afford firearm ownership will have their medical records checked

        Long time gun owners will need to prove every 5 years they have been trained

        1. avatar LarryinTX says:

          I wasn’t planning to ever move there, anyway. Have visited before, don’t need to again.

      2. avatar DDay says:

        It’s all the tech people in the Seattle area. Same thing in Oregon, the uber liberals in Portland are a big chunk just like they are in Seattle

      3. avatar tdiinva says:

        Because 1 out of 12 is 8.3%. If I remember my numbers correctly 8.3% is way less than 50%. I hope that helps you understand.

    3. avatar Jean-Claude says:

      Nobody wants to say it, but I will. Gillum got every single black vote, with the possible exception of a very few #BLEXIT type voters.

      Black people vote as a block, when a black Democrat is on the ballot. They won’t vote like that for black Republicans—-as evidenced by John James losing in MI. If he’d pulled the black vote in Detroit,he would have won.

      But Florida and Georgia are in the situation they are because blacks vote tribally. White people don’t.

      1. avatar Bcb says:

        Cold hard truth.

      2. avatar Ed Schrade says:

        Majority of white voters don’t have the possibility of loosing welfare and other free stuff. The white voter just pays for it.

        1. avatar LarryinTX says:

          They’re happy to let you pay for it, no matter who you voted for!

      3. avatar DDay says:

        Blacks do vote 95% for dem’s in most elections and I don’t know why. The dem party doesn’t do a damn thing for them and never has. And the dem’s know they are going to keep voting that way so there is no incentive for the dem’s to actually try to do anything for black people. Until blacks stop voting en masse for dem’s, they won’t get the dem party to do a thing for them.

        1. avatar yolo says:

          this is really true and strange. ill accept modern racism is a huge issue but the left treats blacks like some weird type of pet, showing them off everywhere and sure to let everyone know about their diverse circle of friends.

  5. avatar Huntmaster says:

    You go Florida. The Florida Dems are giving convicted Felons their voting rights back. If they are really sincere about giving second chances, they’d give their gun rights back also. Sincerity, yeah right.

    1. avatar L says:

      I voted yes on that amendment. If you are a citizen that has representation, you have the right to vote for your representation. Period.

      1. avatar DDay says:

        How often do we hear gun rights supporters saying people should have their gun rights restored after they’ve served their time. Just because someone is a convicted felon, that doesn’t mean they’ll be a democrat voter.

        I think those new voters will be a wash, heck less than 1/2 of REGISTERED voters voted in this election and it was the highest midterm turnout in decades. So well under 1/2 of all adults voted this election. Those who get their voting rights back in FL, well over 1/2 won’t vote, they’ll be similar to the general population now.

  6. avatar Jay in Floriduh says:

    As my signature implies of the people of Florida. Doesnt matter whos where. We lose overall as a state. We get to breath for a few more years somewhat. Granted it could be alot worse. We just gave the dims 1.5 million more votes. Freed up the felons here to vote come 2020. So if Gillum runs again guess whos the next Gubbiner??
    The State Senates Is still run by Rhinos and too many dammed North Easterners moving/moved here. Im praying 2020 doesnt come around. It will all be over here for sure.

    1. avatar TrueBornSonofLiberty says:

      Except a lot can/will happen between now and then. Particularly in the Florida Courts where DeSantis will be nominating 3 state Supreme Court judges right away. Also, as long as the Republicans kept the federal senate, the entire federal judiciary including the Supreme Court gets defined by us. Those confirmations endure far longer than presidential or governor terms.

      1. avatar J Gibbons says:

        The influence of the federal courts is the really big conservative win in the election last week.

    2. avatar pod says:

      Here’s the thing with the voting restoration.

      OK, so 1.5 million people become eligible voters all of the sudden.

      How many of them actually will bother to vote?

      Some won’t care.
      Some will re-offend and be back in jail.
      Some will die/be killed.

      It doesn’t recognize the franchise to violent offenders, but in a lot of cases, felons are closer to recidivism and violence than your average person.

      Is it concerning? Sure. And the Reps need to work this new population of potential voters, hardcore. But it’s not as if 1.5 million voters will automatically vote next go-around.

      I’d say half, if they’re lucky. Voter turnout amongst eligible voters proves this. I think out of the 13 million registered voters in FL, only 7 million showed up.

      1. avatar DDay says:

        I think nationally 46% of registered voters, voted in this election and that was a high mark over the past few decades. And that was of registered voters, not all adults. I know at least a handful of adults who are not registered to even vote, they don’t care about politics and have never voted.

        I think the numbers in the stored voting group will register to vote and vote at a much lower level than the general population

        1. avatar pod says:

          Yes. Outside of people nailed for victimless crimes (that didn’t have a good lawyer), felons aren’t typically politically engaged.

          Actually, Florida gun owners should appreciate it since there’s a few thousand bump stock owners in hiding right now.

    3. avatar New Continental Army says:

      I wouldn’t be too concerned about the felon vote. I work around felons. Some are liberal, some aren’t, and that’s actually pretty evident at racial lines. But most just flat out aren’t going to vote. They’re just not the kind of people who really give a shit about that kind of thing.

  7. avatar Geoff "Mess with the bull, get the horns" PR says:

    We got real lucky down here.

    Gillum was predicted to win as Gov, and he lost.

    State AG and Ag. commissioner were won by us, and that’s important as Ag commish controls the carry permits…

    1. avatar DDay says:

      It’s big. All those punks from parkland, hogg and his snotty friends, were all in for dem’s and trying to register voters, etc. It’s a big win by the GOP in FL

      And oprah can suck it in Georgia and Taylor swift can suck it in Tennessee.

      1. avatar LarryinTX says:

        Absolutely. One would think that all the rich and famous who have discovered that massive dirty money and all the glorious star power on the planet does not cause the desired outcome from the unwashed and ignorant, they might stop and think to look into why normal people treat them as though they are either ignorant or crazy. Just maybe, they don’t know everything they think they do.

      2. avatar pod says:

        Their approach was completely toxic to your average Floridian. Like if they sold the bill of goods with reasoned appeals to safe schools and whatnot, maybe they would have made some inroads.

        Instead they chose to scream, insult, and berate anyone to the right of Marx. Berating and insulting is fun, but it doesn’t accomplish much.

        Plus documented calls for confiscation didn’t help either. The moderates and independents know that confiscation is not a viable option. They may not like guns, but they’re not gonna support battle-rattle-door-kicking to go get them.

        The Parkland brats also involved themselves in issues not related to guns. Immigration, schools, etc. Hogg started going retarded against charter schools, forgetting that there’s a fuckton of charter school students in Florida.

        It got to the point where core members of the “movement” left. Cameron Kasky basically told them to fuck off, and he moved on to live his life.

  8. avatar DDay says:

    You used to have dem governors non stop. lawton childs, bob graham, etc. plus you had dem elected senators graham, nelson, etc.

    You can’t say those 1.5 million would vote Dem, some will be others won’t and many probably won’t even vote at all.

    A lot of those northerners moving to FL are pro 2a conservatives escaping liberal states. It’s not simple to say how people will vote, it’s a very complicated issue.

    1. avatar Klaus Von Schmitto says:

      The numbers I have seen say that nearly 21% of the African American vote in here in Florida is disenfranchised because of felony convictions. They are not going to vote GOP in 2020.

      We are most likely seeing our last Republican Governor and Senator.

      1. avatar Hispanic Conservative says:

        If the GOP was smart, they would capitalize on the passing of this amendment to FULLY reinstate the rights of nonviolent felons. Can you imagine the shitstorm it would cause for the left if we pushed to restore firearm ownership and other rights for these folks? It would be like dividing by 0 for liberals. They would implode.

        Then, the conservatives could leverage the argument that the Dems ar OK with using felons for their votes, but dont really care about restoring their rights. Which one is it libs? Do people who “repaid their debt to society” deserve all of their rights back? Only 3/5 of them? Only what is convenient to you?

        1. avatar Huntmaster says:

          The Rhinos and bow tie republicans will sabotage that tactic.

        2. avatar L says:

          Ahahaha damnit I chuckled at the 3/5 remark.

      2. avatar New Continental Army says:

        Erm no. Felons aren’t a politically effective voting block. Plus, now, not saying I’m cool with it, but the majority of white felons are pretty, let’s say, loyal to their race. White felons are not going to be lining up to vote for some liberal SJW, and definetlly wont be voting for anyone that’s not white.

    2. avatar Jay in Floriduh says:

      I live in the Parkland/Boca area. I can tell you from conversations and folks I know. They are transplanted NE folks. Come here buy their 1st gun but then vote 100% Dimwit. Hispanics and Blacks 100% Dimwit. Gun owners or not. It may be a generalization but more true of all of the 3 South Eastern counties here. Palm Beach , Broward and Dade are predominantly Dimwit voters. Hispanics and Blacks vote as a block. As do most North Eastern transplants here. Local government is all Dimwit here. Repubs in the State Senate has a ton of Rhinos to boot.

      1. avatar Hispanic Conservative says:

        You dont know what you’re talking about. Plenty of Hispanics are conservative. My entire family of Cubans and Colombians voted conservative. Almost all of my of my Hispanic friends voted conservative. I’ve spoke with plenty who fled Venezuela who vote conservative. Theres plenty of people here who experienced the real effects of socialism in recent history and are smart enough to try to prevent it from being perpetuated here.

        1. avatar Mack Bolan says:

          Sorry but no.

          Hispanics have always voted as a block and they vote liberal 85% of the time and in their own self interest 100% of the time.

        2. avatar DDay says:

          Mack Bolan you don’t know what you are talking about. W Bush got 40 something percent of the hispanic vote in 2004 nationally, I think trump was in the high 30’s.

          The black vote is pretty uniform nationally, the hispanic vote is not. There is a MASSIVE difference in voting between hispanics in CA who are mainly mexican vs. how hispanics in TX vote. Hispanics in NYC are very liberal and a lot are dominican and puerto rican, hispanics in FL are much different. The cuban hispanic community is VERY conservative and there are a growing number from South America (columbia and Venezuela) who are conservative.

          The hispanic vote is very very diverse and is very different based on where they or their relatives immigrated from.

          The fastest growing population was Hispanics, it’s not Asian. The GOP needs to compete for EVERY voter, they need to make strong efforts to get votes from black, white, hispanic, asian, etc. voters. It’s not going to change the black voting pattern over night but they need to start in order to change it over time.

        3. avatar LarryinTX says:

          Maybe I’m just dumb, but can someone please explain the mechanism by which people who “fled Venezuela” are voting in American elections?

        4. avatar pod says:

          Not Hispanic per se, but an interesting development is Bolsonaro in Brasil. I saw a lot of people from down there (who live in Florida) “come out” as conservative after he clinched the win. I know for a fact they didn’t vote Democrat in our elections. Driving around SFL, I actually saw a few vehicles flying their flag with pro-Bolsonaro messages painted on their cars. I think their contingent is third behind Cubans and Colombians in Florida.

          Cubans, unless you count younger ones, lean right. Colombians are pretty random and go either way.

          So yeah I can conceivably see Florida Brasilians leaning right. They have zero real reason to love the Democratic Party in our country.

      2. avatar Klaus Von Schmitto says:

        It’s not just SE Florida. My new neighbors fled NY and the first thing the husband did was buy a gun. And I know that yesterday he voted straight blue. They come down here and vote for the same stupid shit they screwed up their home states. Over and over. As fast as Pasco county is growing it’s just a matter of time here.

        As an aside, I always wondered how Martin County down there was consistently red until I went down there last spring for a gig at FPL. Wow! You get off the beach and those are some country fucks like Dixie county.

  9. avatar Nanashi says:

    Dorthy Hukill won even though she’s dead. I’ll have to talk to the new guy. Tom Leek lost, but he was a traitor and won’t be missed, though it’s concerning he lost by more than the libertarian candidate’s percentage (he seemed reasonable on the phone). Mike Waltz won FL-6, which is good.

  10. avatar Kroglikepie says:

    Pretty sure NV went straight commie tonight. Sisolak has made his anti-2A position well known and the Dims control both chambers. NV is pretty fucked, and is also now represented by yet more Dims on the national level.

    I am quite crestfallen to say the least. At this point, I few commie scum from California as no better than locusts.

  11. avatar Ed says:

    How do you unsubscribe. I thought this forum was more about guns but obviously it just another bullshit Republican soapbox platform

    1. avatar Danny L Griffin says:

      LOL–you are a pro-Democrat gun owner? Hilarious. And yet you are still too stupid to stay away but want to complain anyway.

    2. avatar Sprocket says:

      Place a plastic bag over your head, secure the opening with duct tape, wait 3 minutes, you will then be unsubscribed.

      1. avatar Danny L Griffin says:

        Copying for future use.

        1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

          No sh!t!
          That’s some funny stuff!

        2. avatar LarryinTX says:

          You expect to need a response to people dumb enough to ask how to unsubscribe from TTAG, very often? I had to pick myself up off the floor!

    3. avatar Kroglikepie says:

      Eat a dick, Ed. The bolsheviks want the plebs disarmed, and the DNC is leading the charge. If you want leftist BS, I’m sure HuffPo or Mother Jones can give you your fill of soothing lies so you can rock yourself to sleep every night under the watchful gaze of Big Brother. Statist trash like you is how we are losing the Republic.

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      1. avatar TrueBornSonofLiberty says:

        On that particular issue, his momma was wrong and he should disregard that advice, in its entirety.

    5. avatar RA-15 says:

      Press the back button , & don’t return , you won’t be missed.

    6. avatar bryan1980 says:

      “Cancel your own goddam subscription” – William F. Buckley, Jr.

  12. avatar LOL GOP says:

    What happened to your red wave, assholes?

    1. avatar Kroglikepie says:

      What happened to your soul? Oh that’s right, you sold it for a shiny nickel and a promise of velvet chains. Fuck off, slaver.

    2. avatar TrueBornSonofLiberty says:

      We kept and expanded our hold on the senate. That means the judicial nominations/confirmations will still continue to pour in. That’s all that matters. Terrorists like yourself still have to pray that filthy hatchet wound Ginsberg and her sidekick Breyer don’t drop dead. Look for Thomas to handpick his replacement before 2020, too, just like Kennedy did. That’s why Kavanaugh’s name was added after. That’s because Kennedy told trump he’d retire if he could name his replacement. Even the federal judiciary has been getting a massive makeover. That continues. The House? Meh. All they’ll do is be able to obstruct a little more effectively. None of their partisan bills will ever even make it to the senate floor. That Blue Wave you so desperately wanted in order to “save democracy”? That didn’t materialize either. Lol

    3. avatar MGD says:

      When I voted for Trump, I really wasn’t voting for him; I was voting for Kavanaugh and Gorsuch. Now, I may have voted for two more conservative (read: law abiding) justices. What happened to your “blue wave”, asshole?

    4. avatar GS650G says:

      Right there in the Senate waiting for God to take RBG off our hands.
      Going to suck when it’s 6-3 and the 2A is validated.

      1. avatar DDay says:

        Every congressional seat is up in 2 years, the GOP senators elected last night are there until at least 2024 and they get to vote on judges.

        It’s VERY hard to unseat senators too. They have 6 years to raise money vs challengers only have months at most a year. The senators who were elected in Indiana, missouri and north dakota will be there for decades vs some dem house candidate in PA, FL etc who won by a few points who will probably lose in 2020.

        Dem’s are probably going to pick up 35 house seats and lose ground in the senate. They did win a few governor races.

        Contrast. In 2010, the GOP won 63 house seats, 7 senate seats a shit ton of governors and state legislatures. That was a wave, the dem’s really didn’t do very well this year in comparison to history of midterm elections.

    5. avatar jwm says:

      It’s washing over the fed courts and scotus, stupid shitbag.

    6. avatar Yellow Devil says:

      No idea, still waiting for that blue one I keep hearing about. All I see is leaky blue toilet water.

  13. avatar Matt in Floridy says:

    Florida just gave a gazzilion felons voting rights. Just another special interest weapon for 2020. This is not good….

  14. avatar Marcus says:

    Black Gavin Newscum losing the Governorship is a huge relief and tosses it right in Tom Steyer’s face!

  15. avatar sound awake says:

    it will now be exceedingly difficult for a republican to ever win a statewide race in florida again

    almost prohibitively difficult

    that does not bode well at all for florida or america

    you guys got 2 years until all hell breaks loose down there

    the clock is ticking

    good luck

    1. avatar uncommon_sense says:

      I think you are right. That is why I would move to Georgia rather than Florida at this point (if I were looking to move to the Southeastern United States).

      1. avatar Pawl from Florida says:

        You are better off moving to Georgia. I moved to North Central Florida from the Northeast 20 years ago because I was a Conservative Republican and wanted to escape. Look what happened to me. I am now part of the blame for being a Northeast transplant.

  16. avatar HP says:

    Meanwhile, here in NY, last night was a worst case scenario. Upstate came through and voted Republican, but NYC rules the roost because of it’s huge population, and not only did NYC (and Long Island) hand Cuomo his third term, they turned the state senate blue, so Cuomo can now go full Commifornia on us. Dark times ahead for us.

    1. avatar RA-15 says:

      Dark times indeed , time to move. N.Y. = the question is , where & how fast can I get there. NYC is a cesspool & Coumo is the top turd !!

      1. avatar HP says:

        I live in a rural, beautiful part of upstate. This is my home, and I’m loathe to leave it behind. At this point it’s a game of hurry up and wait to see how bad the Democrats can make it. I’m going to at least hold out until I retire.

  17. avatar Docduracoat says:

    This was a very well written article
    Rick Scott was the Rino who signed the bump stock ban when Republicans held both state houses and the governorship.
    Now he is one of our 2 state senators.
    It will be very difficult to remove him next time.
    Felons getting voting rights back is a huge problem.
    The Democrat party is the party of crime and felons will vote for more crime and for gun control.
    We can only hope that they wil be too apathetic to vote in large numbers.
    Not good to pin our future on hopes

    1. avatar LarryinTX says:

      Correct me if I’m mistaken, but isn’t that 1.5 million votes for restoration of firearm rights, as well? Seems kind of obvious.

      1. avatar JR Pollock says:

        No, Amendment 4 only addressed voting rights, and by unspoken extension, the ability to serve on a jury, since Florida uses the voter rolls to summon prospective jurors. This will mean that not only are people with a proven propensity for lawlessness vote for those who are soft on crime, but they’ll be more inclined to acquit guilty defendants, which will lead to more plea bargains because the State’s Attorneys will now have less faith in the quality of juries to deliver just and fair verdicts. So crime will invariably go up.

        All of the data collected on the issue shows that felons register, and presumably, vote for democrats by a 7:1 margin over those that vote Republican. Like voter fraud, and importing third world undesirables, it’s a cynical ploy to boost democrat voters.

        Florida had a system for restoration of all rights, including firearms rights, but it required that the appellant had to keep his nose clean for 7 years, and prove to the satisfaction of the Clemency Board, that they had indeed turned their life around. All this now goes by the wayside. The complaint was, “this is too hard” or “it’s not fair enough”.

        Lastly, this poorly worded initiative doesn’t extend the franchise to murderers or those convicted of sex crimes. No word on whether that means all degrees of criminal homicide, or just second and third degree murder. This means someone in the predicament like Cody Wilson finds himself in won’t get his voting rights back, but a violent felon who beats his victim into a persistent vegetative state, or other life altering, crippling injuries, will.

  18. avatar waynefromfl says:

    Glad for the time being that my state wont turn into some “progressive utopia” where citizens are taxed to oblivion, out of control violent crime, drugs, pollution problems especially again with drug needles being left all over the place that pose a threat to the safety of the environment and public health, strict gun laws which they’ll refuse to enforce against the criminal element and lots of corruption. And speaking out against any of this will get you labled every ist and ism then physically assaulted.

    This what a democrat utopia looks like.

  19. avatar Jonathan-Houston says:

    My own congressman, Culberson, was one of the Republicans knocked off by a newcomer Democrat last night, which is actually probably OK.

    She won with only 52.7% in. Trump district. We should be able to retake it in 2020. What we could never do, is successfully primary Culberson and replace him with a better conservative.

    He’s ok……but not at all the man we need in these times. He’s too much of a seniority seeker and Chairman wannabe. I get that that has value, but I reject his view that he can’t do anything about anything for another decade until he would have been Chairman of his committee.

  20. avatar John TB says:

    I am thankful Gillum lost, it would have been a disaster. I dislike both Scott and Nelson, and I did something I hate which is voting for a political party (GOP) rather than for a candidate. The future of FL doesn’t look great imo, it was very very close, Gillum and Nelson didn’t lose by much. If Gillum had promised more “free” stuff to more people he would have possibly won (he promised free college tuition for the Puerto Rican relocated in FL due to hurricane Irma). It drives me nuts that over 48% voted for a pro Syrian refugee, pro sanctuary cities, and who saw as a solution to gun related violence a ban on “assault weapon” which we all know has been working wonderfully in parts of the country.

    1. avatar DDay says:

      that punk hogg is thrill Comstock lost, she was a moderate GOP. She fit the district so it would have been better if she won but those twits are missing the real story, 2 more years of trump judges.

      Trump has already put 1/6th of the judges on the federal bench, with at least 2 more years, he may approach having 1/2 of the current federal judges ones trump picked. Congressional seats are up every 2 years, trumps judges are going to be on the courts for 20 to 30 years on average.

      I’ll take that over the house any day.

    2. avatar LarryinTX says:

      Link talked of Hogg walking past congressional offices and having staff close the door. If he walked past my door, I would post myself on the porch with a shotgun. He is a conniving, manipulative moron.

  21. avatar J says:

    We lost in Illinois last night with J. B. Pritzker winning as Governor. All the 10 gun control laws that Rauner did not sign or did completely go through legislation he has said he will sign. Assault weapons ban and magazine capacity ban to parts kit prohibition will soon be the norm in Illinois.

    1. avatar DDay says:

      That’s where you need the 7th circuit court of appeals. Current composition is 9 GOP appointees and only 2 from dem’s. 4 of the 9 are trump picks. They could very well rule an AWB unconstitutional, that would be huge.

  22. avatar Ralph says:

    Stay awake, Florida. The Demons have a way of losing elections but winning recounts.

  23. avatar Deng says:

    NM has generational FDR dems that are afraid they will be haunted by their Spanish conquistador ancestors if they vote anything but D. They are pro gun and threw NM fully to the new democrat party. We used to have decent gun laws but that is going to change here next legislative session. 4 laws are loaded up ready to go. This state deserves everything it gets after this past mid term.

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