Florida registered Republican voters could soon outnumber registered Democrats for the first time in the Sunshine State’s history, Politico reported Monday.
There is more bad news for the Democrats in Florida after losing the state to President Trump in 2020 by three points – what used to be a swing state is appearing to change to a safe red state.
Florida Republicans have been catching up to Democrats ever since Barack Obama won the state in 2008 with a whopping 700,000 more registered Democrats than Republicans. Now, as of August 2021, Democrats have a decreasing voter advantage that currently sits at just over 23,000 more voters than Republicans.
Steve Schale, a seasoned Democrat political operative in Florida, according to Politico, wrote in his blog that “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,” he noted.
“And, given their voters have higher turnout scores — this isn’t a great place to start.”
Florida is currently led by Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., deemed a rising star in the GOP and even a potential 2024 nominee. The nation’s third-largest state is on track to outpace Democrats in nearly all areas. Currently, there are 14 Republicans in Congress from the Sunshine State, and 13 for the Democrats. The state is set to gain at least two seats in Congress in redistricting taking place later this year due to a flood of Americans moving to the state which has guaranteed freedom for its constituents during the pandemic.
In-state politics are also majority Republican, with the Florida Senate and House of Representatives both having Republican control.
In 2020, Professor Aubrey Jewett, a political science professor at the University of Central Florida, told the Associated Press, “Democrats have really been struggling in Florida, coming all so close on a number of previous elections but yet falling short,” she said.
The midterm elections are set to ramp up soon across the nation, including a gubernatorial election in Florida next year, which Republicans plan to sweep.