Throughout the nation, the “red wave” appears to be growing.
With midterm voting slated to kick off next week, it looks like Republicans will retake control of the House, though the Senate is a toss-up. We’re also seeing independents leaning farther right.
And one southern state might be turning redder faster than any other.
For a while, most pollsters have considered Florida a “purple” state, because both Republicans and Democrats typically have a chance of being elected, depending on the position and region.
However, with GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis surging in popularity, the state has seen a massive resurgence of conservative views and politics.
In fact, that resurgence is so big that Democrats are being left far behind in terms of new voters. According to the Sun Sentinel, a huge majority of new registered voters are going with Republicans.
Via The Daily Wire:
All the latest polls show that late-breakers in the 2022 midterm elections are moving hard to the Republican side, but what’s going on in Florida is insane.
‘Florida has 5.28 million registered Republicans for the Nov. 8 election — an increase of more than 86,376 from the number of Republicans registered to vote in the August primary,’ the Sun Sentinel reports.
‘The state has 4.97 million Democrats — just 9,380 more than the number who were registered to vote in August.’
This means that for every new registered Democrat, 9 have registered for the GOP.
This could mark a seismic political shift in the Sunshine State, which has waffled back and forth for decades. Florida went with Trump in 2016 and 2020, but voted for Obama in 2008 and 2012.
At least right now, it seems like Florida is going hard right — and reports are that Democrats are giving up on the state.
Florida Atlantic University political scientist Kevin Wagner said that if the state isn’t totally red right now, it’s certainly “red-leaning.” And the numbers definitely support that:
There are 5.28 million registered Republicans in Florida, which is up a whopping 24.3% from 2012. There are almost as many Democrats – 4.97 million – but that’s only up 4% from 2012.
DeSantis challenger Charlie Crist doesn’t appear to have much of a chance, despite President Joe Biden’s support. And GOP Sen. Marco Rubio leads Democrat Val Demings by 8.
There has also been a major shift in Black and Hispanic voters, two groups Democrats used to dominate.
Black support is up 15 points from the last midterm season, and Hispanic support has leapt 15 points, up to around 40%. These are monumental changes just in terms of raw statistics.
And it all could translate to a very red state in the near future.
- The red wave might be biggest in Florida, which has been a “purple” state for decades.
- For every new Democrat registered voter, 9 have registered on the Republican side.
- The number of registered Republicans has jumped by over 24% since 2012, while registered Democrats have risen by less than 4%.
Source: The Daily Wire