There are amazing new numbers of COVID deaths in Florida as 63% of deaths were in people over 65, suggesting Governor DeSantis is killing senior Republicans.
Florida announced a 36% increase in COVID deaths last week.
The latest numbers from the state of Florida are shocking. COVID deaths have increased 36% from week to week. 2,345 people died of COVID in Florida last week. 63 percent of the deaths were people over 65 years of age, and seniors account for 79 percent of the deaths in Florida from the pandemic.
The death toll shows Governor DeSantis' level of negligence as his refusal to endorse masks and vaccinations kills people in his state.
Survey clues as to who has contracted COVID in Florida. dies
Registered Democrats are still slightly superior to Republicans in Florida, but a recent NBC News survey of who was vaccinated showed who is likely to die from COVID.
While 86% of seniors nationwide are vaccinated, only 55% of Republicans are vaccinated and only 46% of voters say they support Trump more than the party is vaccinated. 52% of rural Americans and 59% of white evangelicals are vaccinated. In contrast, 91% of Biden voters are vaccinated and 87% of Democrats.
The people most likely to die from COVID are rural Trump supporters in the state. These are the same people DeSantis is heavily courting for both his re-election campaign and future presidential bid in 2024.
Ron DeSantis is killing his own political base
It will take years for the country to learn from data how COVID has affected voting behavior. Still, the combination of declining approval rates and the likelihood of dying from COVID in Florida suggests that Ron DeSantis is killing his own political base and might one day swing the state back to the Democrats, but unnecessarily killing Republicans with his COVID lies.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also the White House press pool and congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor's degree in political science. His thesis focused on public policy with a specialization in social reform movements.
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