GOP defections more than double in Duval County since insurrection

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In Jacksonville, 692 registered Republicans have dumped the GOP.

The impact of the post-insurrection fallout after thousands of supporters of President Donald Trump attacked the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., has prompted more defections from the Republican Party in Duval County.

The number of GOP defections in Jacksonville has more than doubled in the past week.

Data provided Friday by the Duval County Supervisor of Elections Office in Jacksonville shows through Friday, there have been a total of 889 party affiliation changes by registered voters since Jan.7. Most of those are local Republicans who are defecting from the GOP.

A total of 692 Duval Republicans have defected from the party since Jan. 7, the day after the mayhem at the seat of government in the U.S., through Friday. The days between Jan. 7 and Jan. 8, the defection was already on by Duval Republicans when 324 of those registered voters dumped the party in the two days after the wild violence that left five people dead.

During the past week, 401 members of the GOP in Jacksonville switched to no party affiliation, 110 Republicans have fled to the Democratic Party, 154 switched to Independent, 22 changed to the Libertarian Party of Florida and five chose the Constitution Party of Florida.

By contrast, only 90 Democrats in Jacksonville have changed their Duval County voter registration party affiliation since the insurrection.

While Scott Bethea, director of Information Services for the Duval elections office, initially said, “It’s an awful big number” of GOP defections last week, he declined comment Friday. He said he’s deferring all questions to Supervisor of Elections Mike Hogan who did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

Duval County is only one of multiple counties across Florida seeing the GOP defections since the insurrection. Several counties are reporting registered voters splitting with the Republican Party.

Drew Dixon

Drew Dixon is a journalist of 40 years who has reported in print and broadcast throughout Florida, starting in Ohio in the 1980s. He is also an adjunct professor of philosophy and ethics at three colleges, Jacksonville University, University of North Florida and Florida State College at Jacksonville. You can reach him at [email protected]


6 comments

  • Sonja Fitch

    January 16, 2021 at 3:24 am

    There is no Republican Party! There is only the goptrump death cult sociopaths! Vote Democrat blue in 2022! Yes Rutherford, Fischer and Qanon Cord Byrd! The common good has to know the common TRUTH!

  • John McMahon

    January 16, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    Just one question for the cough “journalist” Drew Dixon . Mr. Ivory tower college leech, did you ever label the BLM or Antifa murderous riots an insurection? I’m guessing not because you would have to twist yourself into a pretzel attempting to justify the dead black victims, burned out homes, billions in destroyed families and property from your “mostly peaceful Democrat demonstrations”.

  • Starbuck

    January 17, 2021 at 5:38 am

    2020 GOP party platform:

    President Trump is working to expose the U.S. government’s capture by a global network of cannibalistic pedophiles.

  • Thomas

    January 18, 2021 at 5:22 pm

    Most of those left because they feel betrayed by RINO Republican swamp creatures who stabbed Trump in the back and did not stand with him to expose vote fraud, obviously. This is fake news and the fake “journalist” who wrote it should be embarrassed. The only “insurrection” is by those who rigged the vote.

  • Joe’s Ho

    January 20, 2021 at 9:29 am

    To know the truth we don’t trust democrats and their tactic so don’t make such a big deal out of it if a candidate can live in his basement and win we are just gathering our nuts and not be singled out so chew on that

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