About 42 percent of the electorate was Democratic and 39 percent Republican. The numbers indicate a disproportionately high turnout rate for Republicans, who account for 29 percent of the nearly 1.3 million registered voters in Miami-Dade.
GOP turnout was so high, in part, because of Republican familiarity with casting absentee ballots by mail, a type of voting the GOP dominates. Also, many Republicans opposed the idea of raising taxes.
The Miami-Dade GOP took a vote condemning the “corporate welfare,” and a majority of the Republican legislators from the county opposed the stadium deal in the Florida House of Representatives, which refused to take up the bill at the end of session.
Though the Dolphins blamed House Speaker Will Weatherford for scuttling the bill, the proposal actually stalled before it got to the House floor because of opposition from Miami-Dade Republicans as well as the House budget chief, Seth McKeel, who refused to agenda it for a vote late in the legislative session
From that point on, the bill died a slow death and encountered increasingly difficult procedural hurdles in the Legislature’s waning days of session. The measure officially expired on the final day of session, May 3.