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More Than One Million Voters Have Switched From Democrat to Republican Over the Last Year

More Than One Million Voters Have Switched From Democrat to Republican Over the Last Year

“nowhere is the shift more pronounced — and dangerous for Democrats — than in the suburbs”

An analysis of voter registration data by the Associated Press has found that over a million voters have switched from Democrat to Republican over the last year.

If the report is accurate, this is not as much an embrace of the right as it is a rejection of the left.

Many Americans are looking at economic and social issues and coming to the conclusion that they no longer align with the Democratic party’s embrace of the woke, progressive left.

This report from the Associated Press reads like a warning to Democrats. In fact, that’s right in the title:

More than 1 million voters switch to GOP in warning for Dems

A political shift is beginning to take hold across the U.S. as tens of thousands of suburban swing voters who helped fuel the Democratic Party’s gains in recent years are becoming Republicans.

More than 1 million voters across 43 states have switched to the Republican Party over the last year, according to voter registration data analyzed by The Associated Press. The previously unreported number reflects a phenomenon that is playing out in virtually every region of the country — Democratic and Republican states along with cities and small towns — in the period since President Joe Biden replaced former President Donald Trump.

But nowhere is the shift more pronounced — and dangerous for Democrats — than in the suburbs, where well-educated swing voters who turned against Trump’s Republican Party in recent years appear to be swinging back. Over the last year, far more people are switching to the GOP across suburban counties from Denver to Atlanta and Pittsburgh and Cleveland. Republicans also gained ground in counties around medium-size cities such as Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Raleigh, North Carolina; Augusta, Georgia; and Des Moines, Iowa.

I imagine this person quoted by the AP is indicative of how many people feel:

Ben Smith, who lives in suburban Larimer County, Colorado, north of Denver, said he reluctantly registered as a Republican earlier in the year after becoming increasingly concerned about the Democrats’ support in some localities for mandatory COVID-19 vaccines, the party’s inability to quell violent crime and its frequent focus on racial justice.

“It’s more so a rejection of the left than embracing the right,” said Smith, a 37-year-old professional counselor whose transition away from the Democratic Party began five or six years ago when he registered as a libertarian.

This one too:

Back in Larimer County, Colorado, 39-year-old homemaker Jessica Kroells says she can no longer vote for Democrats, despite being a reliable Democratic voter up until 2016.

There was not a single “aha moment” that convinced her to switch, but by 2020, she said the Democratic Party had “left me behind.”

“The party itself is no longer Democrat, it’s progressive socialism,” she said, specifically condemning Biden’s plan to eliminate billions of dollars in student debt.

It’s important to note that this shift is not new. We saw shades of this beginning in Florida months ago. We reported in April:

Registered Republican Voters Now Outnumber Democrats in Florida by Over 100,000

Registered Republican voters in Florida now outnumber Democrats in Florida by over 100,000. Can we now safely say that Florida is a red state?

Even if he benefits from it, Ron DeSantis deserves some credit for this.

FOX News reports:

Florida’s registered Republican voters outnumber Democrats by over 100K for first time

A red wave is brewing in Florida as registered Republican voters now outnumber Democrats by over 100,000 for the first time in the state’s history, according to data obtained by Fox News Digital.

At the end of 2021, Florida GOP’s voter registration numbers officially overtook the state Democratic Party, giving Republicans the lead in a state steadily shifting red.

Now, Republicans in Florida outnumber Democrats for the first time by over 100,000 voters, in both new registrants and party switches, according to internal numbers from Gov. Ron DeSantis’ re-election campaign exclusively obtained by Fox News Digital.

In February, we pointed to the Republican shift among Latino voters in Texas, which seems to be confirmed by the election of Mayra Flores.

Anything can happen between now and November, but if these trends continue it certainly looks like a red wave is coming.


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2smartforlibs | June 28, 2022 at 5:07 pm

Beware of liberals bearing votes.

The MSM says this is proof the GOP is dead, right?

Don’t count your chickens before they vote.

Or before they lay eggs in drop boxes.

Or before vote counting algorithms switch chickens for Democrat votes in parallel with 2020 census population distribution.

caseoftheblues | June 28, 2022 at 5:54 pm

Anyone with a scintilla of common sense or decency at this point would never belong to, vote for, support or at least openly admit they are Democrats…proof…just look at those in the public eye or online who do…complete and utter vile garbage people.

A million is an astonishing number. Here’s hoping it doubles before the midterms!

Meh… I wonder how many of these are progs who “switched” in order to cast a vote in a R primary to advance a candidate they consider more “beatable?”

You skipped the other part of the original story, which is that about half as many Republicans switched to Democrat. I don’t recall the details because the story is several days old, but obviously the impact of party switching is somewhat less than you imply.

    rebelgirl in reply to txvet2. | June 28, 2022 at 6:50 pm

    “But over the last year, roughly two-thirds of the 1.7 million voters who changed their party affiliation shifted to the Republican Party. In all, more than 1 million people became Republicans compared to about 630,000 who became Democrats.”…nope this is the net gain

      txvet2 in reply to rebelgirl. | June 28, 2022 at 9:46 pm

      You need to recheck your math. Net gain= ~370K. Anyway, my point was that although the numbers are buried in the source article, which you quoted, he skipped over them here, which is still misleading.

MynameisallthatIhave | June 28, 2022 at 6:28 pm

A bit misleading – only a net delta of less than 400K voters

I also read 500,000 switched the other way. Still leaves a +500,000 R turn which is more than Brandon allegedly beat Trump by if you believe all those 1:00 am votes that suddenly appeared.

    coyote in reply to diver64. | June 29, 2022 at 11:05 am

    Um…I think the count that was used had a delta of ~7,000,000: it was supposedly 80,000,000 to 73,000,000. If we take buyer’s remorse into account, Trump is still in the WH. But take-backs require the traditional 4 year waiting period.

smalltownoklahoman | June 28, 2022 at 9:22 pm

Hopefully Republicans continue to gain ground on registered voters, especially in crucial states like Florida. But above all we need poll watchers who won’t let Dems bully them or lock them out so that they can’t just cheat to win as easily.

It doesn’t matter how they vote; what matters is who counts the votes.

It’s never too early for depress the vote strategies.