Florida continues its red wave track as Republicans outnumber Democrats in Florida for the second year in a row.
Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis’ campaign on Thursday noted that the Republican Party of Florida was set to announce that, according to the latest tally, GOP voters outnumber Democrats by more than 200,000.
The acceleration of growth in the distance between the two parties is simply astonishing.
Until last October, Republicans trailed Democrats for all of Florida’s 176-year history. The GOP finally overcame that at the end of October 2021, leading by about 4,300 voters.
By March, the gap had reached 100,000. It’s doubled that number in just the last three months.
The current difference offers a sharp contrast to when DeSantis was elected in 2018.
At that time, Democrats held an advantage among registered voters of roughly 257,000, according to the state Division of Elections.
Yet the number of Democrats in Florida has plunged by about 154,000 since Republicans took the lead in October. Since the 2020 election, Florida Democrats have shed about 356,000 voters.
And it’s not that the ranks of Republicans are swelling. Florida voters are increasingly abandoning the Democrats.
In addition to the Republican Party’s growth, the number of minor-party and unaffiliated voters has also increased by about 54,000 voters.
The Democratic Party has actually shrunk.
“Democrats are falling in line with Joe Biden’s policies that are making Americans’ lives harder and more expensive, but Governor DeSantis is standing in their way, making Florida the firewall for freedom,” Lindsey Curnutte, spokeswoman for the DeSantis campaign, told The Free Press.
“It’s no surprise Republican voter registrations are growing at this impressive rate. Simply put, we will prove Florida is a red state in November.”
Politico even picked up on the GOP surge.
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The outlet’s Gary Fineout noted on Wednesday, “Democrats in the past have tried to suggest routine voter list maintenance and switching active to inactive voters is responsible for Republican gains. But the swelling rolls just point to a state that is trending to the GOP, helped in part by people relocating to Florida from other parts of the country.”
Democrats, Fineout added, still lead in Florida’s urban counties, yet they now trail unaffiliated voters in nearly a dozen counties with GOP majorities.
“DeSantis’ prediction that Florida will no longer be a battleground state after this year’s election is moving closer into view,” Fineout observed.
Hispanic voters have steadily been shifting toward the Republican Party, as demonstrated by the recent victory of Texas Republican Rep. Mayra Flores and former President Trump’s support among members of the Hispanic community. In April, polling showed that only a quarter of Hispanics approved of Biden, with many citing the poor economy as reasoning for their disapproval of him and the Democratic Party.
Polling and the mass migration of registrations are spelling trouble for the Democratic Party come this November, according to FiveThirtyEight.
Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio are “clearly favored to win” in this year’s upcoming election.
Over a million Americans have abandoned the Democratic Party and have re-registered as Republicans over the past year, The Associated Press reported last week. The shifts in registration have occured in states and municipalities that were once crucial battlegrounds for both parties in national elections, with Florida being an example.