GOP voters on pace to outnumber Dems in Florida for first time ever

Florida Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis, right, waves to supporters with his wife, Casey, at an election party after winning the Republican primary, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Republicans may have more registered voters than Democrats in the Sunshine State in the near future, data shows.

“Without a full-frontal, professional and accountable partisan effort to turn it around, sometime before the end of this year, there will be more Republicans registered in Florida than Democrats — that has NEVER happened before,” longtime Florida Democrat operative Steve Schale said.

“And, given their voters have higher turnout scores — this isn’t a great place to start,” he added.

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Democrats had 23,055 more registered voters than Republicans in Florida at the end of August. That’s a steep drop from the 700,000 voter advantage Democrats had in 2008 when Barack Obama won the state.

Politico reported that due to the higher GOP registration numbers heading into the 2022 midterm elections, Florida could lose its “battleground” state status and become more reliable for Republican candidates.

“Democrats in Florida are facing a five-alarm political fire headed into the 2022 midterms,” according to Politico. “They’ve known about it for years, but have been unable to extinguish the blaze.”

Democrats in Florida have spent considerable time, effort, and money on infighting which led to a lack of prioritization on voter registration.

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“It is a huge deal for Florida Democrats, I can’t stress that enough,” Democrat state Rep. Anna Eskamani said.

The states Democratic Party chairman Manny Diaz says his party is working overtime to reverse the trend, registering nearly 20,000 Democratic voters in September.

“We are starting to hit our stride and hopefully continue for us,” Diaz said.

Florida saw the reapportioning of its 28 congressional districts, 120 state House districts, and 40 Senate districts following the recent census, which Democrats claim gave Republicans an edge.

Last week, former President Donald Trump, who made Florida his permanent home after leaving New York, endorsed Rep. Michael Waltz (R-FL).

“Congressman Mike Waltz is a relentless fighter for the incredible people of Florida,” Trump said in his endorsement. “As a former U.S. Army Green Beret, Mike is working hard in Congress to hold Joe Biden accountable for his colossal failure and deadly disaster in Afghanistan.

“He will not let the incompetent leader of our Country get away with giving the Taliban $85 Billion in American strategic Military equipment, nor will he let anyone forget about our 13 Great Warriors whose lives were lost because of the Biden Administration’s incompetence,” Trump added.

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