(PresidentialInsider.com)- Florida has long been considered a battleground state, but that might be changing right before our eyes.
For the first time in “modern history,” the number of registered Republicans now outnumber the number of registered Democrats in the state.
This matches up with the fact that the GOP is in control of just about every aspect of the state government, and Florida is led by the very popular Republican Governor Ron DeSantis.
The numbers are alarming for Democrats, with party leaders in the state saying the path ahead could be very difficult in Florida for liberals. Appearing at the Democrats’ annual strategy conference recently, Democratic state Senator Annette Taddeo, who is running for governor, said:
“Of course, this fight will not be easy, but it’s about so much more than any one of us, and as Florida Democrats, we have lost so many times that donors and pundits have given up on us. I believe, and I know we can win if we create the coalition of voters that are needed to win in a state where these decisions are made by 1% or less.”
The 2022 midterm elections are fast approaching, and Democrats around the country are facing the fact that they could lose control of both the upper and lower chambers of Congress. And the evidence of this is no more prominent than it is in Florida.
As state Representative Evan Jenne, who is a Democrat, said recently:
“In the current state of American politics, and especially in a state with as many major television markets and population centers, you’re going to need more help. It’s not as if Floridians can’t be swayed one way or the other. We need more coordination with the national party.”
Currently, there are 6,035 more Republicans registered in Florida than Democrats. In total, the GOP has more than 5.1 million registered voters, out of the state’s 14.3 million total registered voters.
That’s a major cause for celebration among the state’s Republicans, including DeSantis, who is running for re-election next year. The executive director of Florida’s Republican Party, Helen Aguirre Ferre, said:
“This is a milestone moment in Florida’s history.”
There have been rumblings that Democrats are basically giving up in the major races in Florida, with major donors simply ignoring the state, as they don’t have hopes for success. But, the Democratic Governors Association has denied those reports, saying they’ve built a major infrastructure for supporting candidates in the state’s general election through messaging and media campaigns.
That said, there’s no denying the increase in support for Republicans in the state of Florida. As DeSantis recently said during a speech for the National Conference of State Legislatures:
“You are seeing people move to states that value freedom.”
This week, when he announced the new totals for voter registration in Florida, DeSantis commented in an email:
“Florida voters are choosing the Republican Party over the Democratic Party because we value freedom and liberty and reject Democrat-led government control. This milestone moment reflects years of hard work, combined with the success of our common-sense conservative policies.”