With registration window for presidential primary closed, Republicans add more voters in Florida than Democrats

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Democrats still maintain the overall voter registration advantage.

Heading into the March 17 presidential primaries, registration trends show more new Florida voters might be inspired to vote for President Donald Trump than to vote for any of his Democratic challengers.

Since the November 2018 general election, Republicans have added approximately 141,000 new voters in Florida, while Democrats increased their party by 130,000. That difference is more than in the 2018 U.S. Senate election in which Rick Scott beat Bill Nelson by 10,033 votes.

The latest voter registration numbers are unofficial totals compiled by Florida Politics from the state’s 67 Supervisors of Elections, mostly through Tuesday, which was the last day anyone could register to vote in the March 17 primary.

The official close-of-book voter registration numbers for the primary will not be released until the end of month, through the Florida Division of Elections.

The numbers collected from Supervisors are incomplete for several reasons: Some online registrations are handled directly by the Florida Division of Elections and they might not all be reported back to the Supervisors’ offices yet, at least not through Tuesday. Many late-delivered registrations that arrived Tuesday may not yet be counted in some counties. Mailed registrations can be accepted for another few days. Finally, Miami-Dade County, the state’s most populous, does not have its most recent tallies available. Miami-Dade’s registration numbers were available Wednesday for only through Feb. 12.

On March 17, Trump will be facing former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld for the Republican nomination this year, an election with absolutely no suspense.

Democratic voters, on the other hand, get a choice among eight candidates who’ve offered more surprises than met expectations in recent weeks, and who might continue to do so all the way into the Florida primary. They are former Vice President Joe Biden, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, California businessman Tom Steyer, and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

The statewide tallies find Florida now has at least 13,698,000 registered voters, up about 420,000 since the general election in 2018. While Republicans made gains, Democrats still hold the slight registration advantage statewide. There now are more than 5 million registered Democrats, roughly 5,076,000 in the latest count. There are 4,821,000 registered Republicans. That gives Democrats a 37% to 35% advantage.

Sill, the greatest increase in voter registration again was seen among independent voters. The combined total of official no-party affiliated voters and those in other parties (some counties do not break them out) increased by about 149,000 since the 2018 general election. There now are 3,800,000, about 28% of the total electorate.

Those voters cannot vote on March 17, except in a handful of municipal elections, because Florida’s primaries are closed.

Republicans managed to sign up more voters than did Democrats in 46 counties. Most of those were rural counties with just a few thousand total voters, but they also included many mid-size counties, plus Miami-Dade, at least through Feb 12.

Democrats gained against Republicans in only 17 counties, which included most of the populous, urban counties, and a few suburban counties.

Among specific counties that had the greatest gains in one party or another since the November 2018 election:

— Orange added 22,064 Democrats and 5,472 Republicans.

— Palm Beach added 15,672 Democrats and 10,145 Republicans.

— Duval added 11,432 Democrats and 2,255 Republicans.

— Volusia added 11,385 Republicans and 9,634 Democrats.

— Polk added 10,570 Republicans and 7,133 Democrats.

— Hillsborough added 9,689 Democrats and 3,886 Republicans.

— Pinellas added 9,232 Democrats and 4,854 Republicans.

— Lee added 7,877 Republicans and 7,672 Democrats.

— Pasco added 7,768 Republicans and 2,693 Democrats.

— Miami-Dade, through Feb. 12, added 5,390 Republicans and 4,151 Democrats.

— Brevard added 5,158 Republicans and 4,146 Democrats.

— Charlotte added 4,908 Republicans and 2,376 Democrats.

— Broward added 4,893 Democrats and saw Republican rolls decline by 182.

— St. Johns added 4,486 Republicans and 3,923 Democrats.

— Marion added 4,487 Republicans and 1,777 Democrats.

— Sumter added 4,385 Republicans and 1,708 Democrats.

— Seminole added 4,182 Democrats and 1,387 Republicans.

Scott Powers

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at [email protected]


8 comments

  • September Jones

    February 19, 2020 at 6:54 pm

    Why is it when you read a news story, especially about politics when a comment is made about something a politician said it almost always starts with “He slammed this person or he exploded about this subject or fired his reply or some other verb with a violet meaning? Can’t writers just write that the person replied to or commented about the subject in a sain way?

  • SALJANOS

    February 19, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    Democrats are corrupt and are poisonous to taxpayers and their families. Be it Joe Biden, Sanders, Bloomberg, Pete or Elizabeth Warren. They all follow the left’s radical hyena’s of Nancy Pelosi, Sheila Jackson Lee, Maxine Waters, Al Green, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Talib, Ayanna Pressley, llhan Omar, Val Deming, and Hakeem Jeffries.

    If you vote Democrat, this is what you’ll get….

    -Sanctuary Cities & States..

    -Decriminalize illegal entry into our country.

    -De-fund & terminate Border Patrol & ICE.

    -End all deportations of illegal aliens (if you get here, you stay.)

    -Drivers licenses for illegal aliens.

    -Voting rights for illegal aliens.

    -Late term abortions up to 9 months.

    -Opposed to ANY voter ID Laws.

    -Weaken our Military.

    -Destruction of all private health care (Bernie Sanders & Elizabeth Warren)

    -The Green new deal.

    -Free medicare care for all including illegal aliens (taxpayer funded with a 52 trillion price tag)

    -Free college for all, including illegal aliens. (tax payer funded) Sanders-Warren

    -Disarming Americans.

    -Non citizens allowed to hold public office.

    -Socialism.

    -Citizenship for millions of illegal aliens & TPS.

    -Reparations.

    -Massive tax increases.

    -Open Borders.

    -Welfare & Food Stamps for illegal aliens. (Warren/Sanders)

    *View their speeches / debates on you tube or the candidates websites.*

    Democrat-Socialist Goals & Platform:

    • Geraniumgirl55

      February 20, 2020 at 7:42 am

      Have you been fired from the View yet?

    • June J Budney

      February 21, 2020 at 9:03 pm

      Just about all of that is untrue. It “almost
      sounds like it came from the mouths of Trump and Fox anchors”.

    • R henry

      February 24, 2020 at 8:12 pm

      BS plain and simple stop watching the weather station FOXNews. Im still waiting for those Mexican Pesos for the wall. Health care for our citizens, A DACA decision, Gun regulations that make sense, the right for a women to choose to have or not have a child. Infrastructure planes trains and bridges. Lowering drug costs. Repealing tariffs so we can get farmers off government welfare. No drilling for fossil fuels on public lands. Increasing renewable energy sources. Just for starters. Vote Blue Oh and Medicare for all. Stop rationing social programs I paid for all my life. I’m 70 and I want my grandchildren to do better than their rich grandfather. Lastly stop putting immigrant children in cages and separating them from their parents.

  • Brian Christopher Henley

    February 20, 2020 at 12:38 pm

    A good read…

    • Honut Sinti

      February 25, 2020 at 12:16 pm

      It was a good informative read. 👍⚖️

  • Gerald Close

    February 20, 2020 at 2:18 pm

    This is a state with the vast amount of citizen’s voting Republican. Adding a few thousand Democrats to dense counties are not going to make any difference. With everything that happened in the 24 years before Trump took office, who in their right mind would vote for these Socialist’s wanting to dimantle our great Nation ???

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