The Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL Metro Area is a politically diverse region with representation from both major parties in state and local government. In the State Senate, the area is currently represented by two Republicans and one Democrat. In the State House of Representatives, there are three Republicans and three Democrats. At the county level, Orange County is mostly represented by Democratic politicians while Seminole County has several Republican representatives. As for local politics, many cities in these counties have nonpartisan elections meaning that candidates do not run under a specific party affiliation but instead run based on individual qualifications. While many of the elected officials are from both major parties, there is still a great deal of diversity among them. By being open to all types of candidates and having representation from both sides of the political spectrum, it helps create an environment where citizens can make informed decisions about who should represent them at every level of government.
The political climate in Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford Metro Area is somewhat liberal.
In Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford Metro Area 55.3% of the people voted Democrat in the last presidential election, 43.4% voted for the Republican Party, and the remaining 1.3% voted Independent.
In the last Presidential election, the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford metro area remained strongly Democratic, 55.3% to 43.4%.
The Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford metro area voted Democratic in the four most recent Presidential elections, after 2000 and 2004 went Republican.
The BestPlaces liberal/conservative index
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford Metro Area is somewhat liberal.
Florida is leaning conservative.
The BestPlaces liberal/conservative index is based on recent voting in national elections, federal campaign contributions by local residents, and consumer personality profiles.
Displaying 20 years of Presidential voting, visualized in one word.
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida: r r D d D D
How It Works:
Here at BestPlaces, we were looking at the voting patterns since the 2000 election and realized that we could express the results of each election as one letter. R if the Republican Party candidate won, D for the Democrat and I for the Independent. The six elections (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020) would be expressed as six-letter word (R R D R R).
Then we went a little further and added the dimension of magnitude. If the difference of victory was greater than 10 percent, the letter is upper case, and lower case if the difference was less than 10 percent. This allows us to see interesting voting patterns at just a glance.
Here's the VoteWord for Iowa d r d d r. In the last six elections the state has been closely contested, voting narrowly for the Republican Party candidate in 2016 and 2020 after voting for the Democratic Party in 2008 and 2012. Virginia (r r d d d D) has voted for the Democratic Party in the last four elections.
Individual Campaign Contributions in Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford Metro Area
In the last 4 years (2018-2021), there were 73,112 contributions totaling $12,359,785 to the Democratic Party and liberal campaigns, averaging $169 per contribution.
In the last 4 years, there were 26,597 contributions totaling $13,443,201 to the Republican Party and conservative campaigns, averaging $505 per contribution.
(source: Federal Election Commission)