A swing state no more? GOP confidence grows in Florida


              Lee County property appraiser Matt Caldwell, a member of the state GOP, tours a Fort Myers, Fla., marina devastated by Hurricane Ian on Wednesday Oct. 19, 2022. Caldwell was confident about his party’s political prospects next month. (AP Photo/Steve Peoples)
            
              Sue Sullivan poses for a photo as she participates in a golf cart parade for Democratic Senate hopeful Val Demings at The Villages, Fla., retirement community on Monday, Oct. 17, 2022. “I’m terrified,” Sullivan said of Florida’s rightward shift. (AP Photo/Steve Peoples)
            
              Republican National Committee chairman Ronna McDaniel speaks during a Get Out To Vote rally Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022, in Tampa, Fla.  (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
            
              A caravan of golf carts head to a polling place to take part in early voting after a campaign event for Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., candidate for U.S. Senate, Monday, Oct. 17, 2022, in The Villages, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
            
              Anna Paulina Luna, Republican candidate for Florida Congressional District 13, speaks during a Get Out To Vote rally Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
            
              Laurel Lee, Republican candidate for Florida Congressional District 15, speaks during a Get Out To Vote rally Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022, in Tampa, Fla.  (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
            
              U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., gestures as he speaks during a Get Out To Vote rally Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022, in Tampa, Fla.  (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
            Supporters cheer as Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., candidate for U.S. Senate arrives at a campaign event, Monday, Oct. 17, 2022, in The Villages, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux) Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., candidate for U.S. Senate greets supporters as she arrives at a campaign event Monday, Oct. 17, 2022, in The Villages, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux) Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., candidate for U.S. Senate speaks to supporters at a campaign event Monday, Oct. 17, 2022, in The Villages, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux) Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., left, candidate for U.S. Senate speaks to supporters at a campaign event Monday, Oct. 17, 2022, in The Villages, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux) Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., candidate for U.S. Senate speaks to supporters at a campaign event Monday, Oct. 17, 2022, in The Villages, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux) Supporters wave signs as they listen to Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., candidate for U.S. Senate speak at a campaign event Monday, Oct. 17, 2022, in The Villages, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux) Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., candidate for U.S. Senate, left, rides in a golf cart with driver Mike Faulk as they prepare to caravan with to a polling place where supporters will cast their ballots in early voting after a campaign event Monday, Oct. 17, 2022, in The Villages, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux) Singer Jon "Bowzer" Bauman introduces Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., candidate for U.S. Senate at a campaign event Monday, Oct. 17, 2022, in The Villages, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux) A caravan of golf carts head to a polling place to take part in early voting after a campaign event for Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., candidate for U.S. Senate, Monday, Oct. 17, 2022, in The Villages, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)