Darren Aquino Answers The Call

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Florida’s 19th Congressional district has been in solid Republican hands for some time, but with incumbent Francis Rooney not seeking another term, the field is wide open. Darren Aquino hopes to maintain this district in hands of a solid Conservative. Until redistricting in 2012 drew new lines, it had been under Democratic control dating back to its inception in 1983. That means the Democratic electorate within the district had held strong through both terms of President Ronald Reagan and three Bush terms of George H. W. and George W. It would seem the elections of 2010, and the Tea Party movement, created a political opportunity that had otherwise been sealed-off.

This November promises to be as politically consequential as ever, even if fought only on virtual platforms. Both the elections of 2000, and 2016 showed us how crucial Florida’s vote has always been. For Republicans to retain control of District 19 in 2020, connection to its citizens will be vital. Aquino make common sense connections with Eric regarding politics and life, especially in these Coronavirus times in which we live. Hear what inspires Mr. Aquino about Florida, President Donald Trump, and a whole lot more.


5/28/2020: Article updated to reflect correct information on FL19. Thanks to Mark Stanley for recognizing our mistake.

Tom Acheson

Tom Acheson

Tom Acheson is a writer for NRN. He was raised in Oregon and is a passionate Miami Dolphins fan. Acheson loves to make people think.

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  1. Adding context here because the article and Darren Aquino (hopefully accidentally) both misrepresent the history of FL-19. For context, the area that is now FL-19 has ALWAYS been a Republican area (e.g., Cape Coral, Naples, Bonita, etc.) Prior to 2013, the FL-19 district also included parts of Palm Beach and Broward counties on the East coast of Florida, including the cities of Coral Springs, Margate, and Greenacres (for context, these East coast cities were/continue to be VERY liberal). After redistricting, the FL-19 district now only encompasses conservative SWFL. In fact, FL-19 is now a R+13 district, making it one of the most conservative House districts in the entire country. What this means is that the race in FL-19 is not between the Republicans and Democrats – it’s between the Republican candidates in the primary, who essentially win the House seat if they win the Republican primary.

    • Dr. Dave Baker
      Dr. Dave Baker May 28, 2020 at 1:00 pm

      Hi Mark, Wow! That was quite a mistake, but thank you for recognizing and allowing us to correct our reporting. Unlike other outlets who may discourage it, we embrace readers like you who keep us in check when we do miss something! Take care, Dave

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