As the presidential election gets closer and closer, registered voters are preparing for a trip to the polls. And of course, the number of registered voters for each party is a major issue.
Because many polls show voters prepared to vote strictly on party lines, the registration tally for Republicans and Democrats holds significant meaning.
And this could be good news for the GOP.
According to a recent New York Times article, Republican optimism in three critical states has increased. That’s because they’ve seen a big boost is voter registration for their party.
This has narrowed the gap between Red and Blue in those states — Florida, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.
In fact, Republican political consultant Dee Stewart said this could be the “secret weapon” that might tip the scales in President Trump’s favor.
Said Stewart (via The Daily Wire):
‘The tremendous voter registration gain by the Republicans is the secret weapon that will make the difference for the Republicans in 2020.’
For example, Florida carries 29 elector votes, and Republicans say there has been a definite increase in registered voters there.
In 2016, Democrats held a 330,000-voter advantage and Hillary Clinton still lost the state. Now the Democrat advantage is down to only 134,000 (less than 1 percent of the 14.4 million voters).
Therefore, one could argue that this has given Trump an edge.
It’s happening in Pennsylvania as well, where Republican voter registrations are also on the rise. This may have been the result of more GOP campaigning.
Said Republican consultant Christopher Nicholas:
We were plowing the fields and they weren’t out there.
The Democratic groups didn’t get back on the street until Labor Day. They were more skittish about it.
And as for North Carolina, state GOP spokesman Tim Wigginton said “voter registration numbers were an overall plus for his party.” This included independent voters and registered Democrats who vote Republican in presidential races.
Wigginton added that this is “definitely a positive sign for Republicans.”
When you put it all together, it could be viewed as a key victory for the Trump administration. More Red voters typically equates to more votes for the incumbent in this case.
But will Trump be able to overcome the apparent deficit the polls currently show?
- Republican voter registration is on the rise in 3 critical battleground states: Florida, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.
- This has boosted GOP optimism for the 2020 election.
- Some GOP representatives believe the surge is due to extra Republican campaigning in recent months, while Democrats appeared “more skittish about it.”
Source: The Daily Wire