Jacksonville, Florida, was the largest city in the United States with a Republican mayor until Donna Deegan became the second Democrat mayor in thirty years on Tuesday night.
Jacksonville is the 12th largest city in the United States and, as of tonight, has only had one Democratic mayor in the last three decades.
The Tributary reported:
Former TV host Donna Deegan defeated JAX Chamber CEO Daniel Davis in a stunning upset for Jacksonville’s mayor, becoming the first woman and only the second Democrat to win a mayoral race here in three decades , although Davis outplayed them four to one.
Davis, a former city councilman and state representative, had been preparing for this mayoral race for the past eight years, when fellow Republican Lenny Curry was elected mayor. He relied heavily on his fundraising skills to reach voters through mailings, text messages, and advertising. He raised a record-breaking $8.4 million by the end of April, compared to $2.1 million for Deegan.
Davis was backed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, but his support didn’t help Republicans avoid a historic defeat.
The election results now available for 2023 seem to show a similar pattern to the last election cycle. The Democrats have the energy and momentum, and the more Donald Trump becomes the face of the Republican Party again, the more races Republicans are losing.
If Republicans had won a mayoral race in Phoenix, New York, Chicago, or Houston, the national media would cover Republican momentum and the troubles facing President Biden in 2024, but Democrats are winning elections across the country , which they haven’t won in decades, and there’s been nothing but silence from the corporate media.
Whether it’s Donald Trump or Ron DeSantis, there’s no sign of a Republican resurgence in the population.
It’s just a one-off election outside of the year, but if anything, the Democrats still appear to be the stronger and better organized party.
Jason is the managing editor. He is also White House press secretary and congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. The focus of his thesis was on public policy with a focus on social reform movements.
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