All the attention that space policy got in the 2008 general election for president was primarily focused on Florida’s Space Coast: the state was a swing state in the election, and Brevard County was considered part of the so-called “I-4 corridor” stretching through the central part of the state that was key to winning the state, . So how did the election go in Brevard County, one of the few places where space policy is a major issue?
Compare that to the state at large:
So Obama won the state by nearly 200,000 votes, but lost in Brevard by 30,000 votes. The I-4 corridor did play a role in the outcome—Obama won neighboring Orange County, which includes Orlando, with 60% of the vote—but the Space Coast wasn’t anywhere near the deciding factor. The outcome in Brevard wasn’t that much different from 2004, when George W. Bush won reelection with 58% of the vote in Brevard, in an election where space was rarely mentioned by either candidate. So were voters on the Space Coast convinced that McCain had a better space policy in their eyes than Obama, or was space simply overshadowed by other issues?