After 1876 the Florida Republican party slowly dwindled away, for awhile holding its own in the coastal cities and a few counties of the so called “Black Belt." The Bourbon Democrats were in the saddle, pulling the wires and plucking what political plums there were. Confederate war veterans dominated the scene, causing frustration to many a younger Democratic politician. Therefore, it was not surprising that the election of 1884 saw a new party in the selection of candidates for state offices.
Williamson, Edward C.
"Independentism: A Challenge to the Florida Democracy of 1884,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 27:
2, Article 6.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol27/iss2/6