Republicans Turn Massive Swing State Red

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It is becoming obvious that the U.S. is experiencing a change in politics. Thousands of suburban swing voters have shifted from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party in recent years.

The Associated Press found that more than 1 million voters have switched to the Republican Party in 43 states in the last year. In the months since President Joe Biden succeeded Donald Trump, a phenomenon in virtually every region of the country has emerged – Democratic and Republican states as well as cities and small towns.

There is no area where the shift is more pronounced – and dangerous for Democrats – than in the suburbs, where well-educated swing voters, who recently voted against Trump, are now turning around. There has been a marked increase in the number of suburban counties switching to the GOP over the last year, from Denver to Atlanta to Pittsburgh and Cleveland. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Raleigh, North Carolina; Augusta, Georgia; and Des Moines, Iowa are among the counties where Republicans gained ground.

According to the Associated Press “nearly 1.7 million voters who had likely switched affiliations across 42 states for which there is data over the last 12 months, according to L2, a political data firm. L2 uses a combination of state voter records and statistical modeling to determine party affiliation, meaning that the switchers include both those who have formally changed their registration and those who L2 estimates have shifted toward the GOP.”

While party switching is not uncommon, the data shows a definite reversal from the period while Trump was in office, when Democrats enjoyed a slight edge in the number of party switchers nationwide.

A total of 1.7 million voters changed party affiliation over the last year, with roughly two-thirds shifting to the Republican Party. A total of more than 1 million people changed to the Republican party compared with about 630,000 who switched to the Democrat party.

“The broad migration of more than 1 million voters, a small portion of the overall U.S. electorate, does not ensure widespread Republican success in the November midterm elections, which will determine control of Congress and dozens of governorships. Democrats are hoping the Supreme Court’s decision on Friday to overrule Roe v. Wade will energize supporters, particularly in the suburbs, ahead of the midterms, the AP report continued.

One state that is showing major numbers of party switchers is Florida.

According to the Florida Division of Elections, Republicans registered 175,911 more voters than Democrats for the second straight year.

As of May 31, according to official data from the Florida Division of Elections, there were 5,135,749 registered Republican voters and 4,959,838 registered Democratic voters. There have been 82,900 more Republican voters added to the Florida GOP since the last major U.S. election cycle.

It is evident from Florida’s registration numbers that the state is slowly transitioning from a solidly blue to a solidly red state. The Florida swing state may no longer exist after 2022, Politico reported.

According to The Daily Caller, “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.

During the last few days, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried has been encouraging her supporters to switch their registrations to Democratic so they can vote for her over rival Rep. Charlie Crist in the Democratic primary on Aug. 23.

Yet voter registration numbers show Democrats falling far behind in the overall race. As evidence of Republican confidence, it also demonstrates President Joe Biden’s struggles and Gov. Ron DeSantis’ high approval rating in a state where Republicans are widely expected to dominate.

The Politico report continued: “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 maintain leads in Florida’s urban counties but they are now trailing independents (voters officially known as “no party affiliation”) in nearly a dozen counties with GOP majorities.”

Given the drubbing the Democrats will surely see in the midterms, this year is turning out very badly for them. This is good for everyone else because the last thing we need is more radical socialists pushing an insane green agenda like they are now which has led to historically high inflation, and gas and food prices.


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