Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse for the embattled Florida Democrats, Republicans now hold a 384,000 voter registration edge over them going into 2023.
The Republican Party of Florida held a nearly 384,000 registered-voter advantage over the Florida Democratic Party as of the end of December, according to numbers posted Wednesday on the state Division of Elections website.
The state had 5,312,122 registered Republicans and 4,928,168 registered Democrats. It also had 4,032,731 unaffiliated registered voters and 263,790 third-party voters. Democrats historically held a registration edge, but Republicans overtook them in 2021. Leading up to the November 2022 election, Republicans held about a 306,000-voter advantage.
This is terrible news for Democrats, who saw Gov. Ron DeSantis and Senator Marco Rubio crush their Democratic gubernatorial and senatorial opponents by 20 and 16 percentage points, respectfully.
Democrats don’t have much to look forward to and have struggled to replace former party Chairman Manny Diaz, who recently quit after the disastrous 2020 and 2022 election cycles.
Former State Senator Annette Taddeo recently announced that she would seek the chairmanship position of the Florida Democratic Party.
“Joe Biden and the Democratic Party have become the Party of unconstitutional edicts, endless lockdowns and arbitrary mandates, higher taxes, open borders, indoctrinating children, and excusing crime,” DeSantis argued.
Gov. DeSantis has praised the huge statewide voter registration efforts, expressing that his administration “and the Republican Party are fighting for people’s rights and freedoms, defending their individual liberties, supporting parental rights, keeping taxes low and businesses open, and standing with law enforcement.”