Democrats push back as Republicans claim new voter majority in Florida

Democrats vs republicans are facing off in a ideological duel on blue and red backgrounds. In American politics US parties are represented by either the democrat donkey or republican elephant
Democrats still hold a slight edge, according to the Division of Elections.

The Florida Democratic Party is pushing back against Republican claims that red voters now outnumber the blue in Florida.

In a news release Friday, Democrats accused the Republican Party of Florida of “playing shell games.”

“These are nothing more than attempts by Republicans to get a press release and a headline, when in fact the numbers show other patterns, including a disproportionate number of Democrats being reclassified as inactive,” Florida Democratic Party Chair Manny Diaz said. “Let’s be clear here, these voters are still eligible to vote and there are still more registered Democrats than Republicans in Florida.”

The release said any uptick in registered Republicans is due to Department of Motor Vehicles registrations rather than voter registration efforts. It also accused Republicans of purging voter rolls by moving eligible registered Democrats from active to in-active status.

According to the latest publicly available data, The Florida Division of Elections shows 12,699 more registered Democrats than Republicans as of Sept. 30. State parties often see registration data early. They also conduct their own analysis and research to keep track of numbers.

Florida Democrats said there are 5,452,958 registered Democrats and 5,373,529 registered Republicans in the state. That’d give Democrats a 79,429-voter advantage.

But Gov. Ron DeSantis celebrated victory at the National Conference of State Legislatures Friday morning.

“Today for the first time in the history of Florida we’ve now overtaken Democrats,” DeSantis said. “There are more registered Republicans in Florida than Democrats.”

DeSantis said at the conference numbers would “probably be fully publicized very soon.” But while Democrats released their count, Republicans have not. Sen. Joe Gruters, the Republican party chair, told Florida Politics Friday the Republican advantage will be seen in December, when the Division of Elections releases its October report.

But even Diaz acknowledged the growing presences of Republicans in the state.

“No one is denying that over the past several years Democrats have neglected to register voters at a rate that would maintain our edge,” he said.

Ten years ago, there were nearly half-a-million more registered Democrats than Republicans in Florida. But that gap has slowly been decreasing. By the end of 2020, Republicans reduced the gap to less than 100,000.

Despite the Democratic voter edge, Republicans control the House, Senate and Governorship of Florida — and have maintained control of the state every year this century.

Daniel Figueroa IV

Bronx, NY —> St. Pete, Fla. Just your friendly, neighborhood journo junkie with a penchant for motorcycles and Star Wars. Daniel has spent the last decade covering Tampa Bay and Florida for the Ledger of Lakeland, Tampa Bay Times, and WMNF. You can reach Daniel Figueroa IV at [email protected].


  • zhombre

    November 7, 2021 at 12:26 pm

    “The release said any uptick in registered Republicans is due to Department of Motor Vehicles registrations rather than voter registration efforts.” Wasn’t the ‘motor voter’ registration a priority of the Democrats? Hmmm… seems as if they hoist on their own petard, and don’t like it.

  • Tom

    November 7, 2021 at 12:38 pm

    Really, we really have more.
    We really do, please believe us, please.

    Let’s see, who do you think has the most accurate to date numbers.
    These Dems would mess up a one car funeral procession! LOL

    Spare us of this liberal handwringing.

  • tom palmer

    November 7, 2021 at 5:35 pm

    No data on NPAs, which account for about a third of registered voters. Increasingly it;s about issues, not party talking points.

    • Tom

      November 7, 2021 at 7:37 pm

      Whatever Palmer.
      Repubs up!

    • Paul

      November 9, 2021 at 9:13 am

      I’m a little surprised the ‘minor parties’ number isn’t higher. NPAs are 26.6% of Florida registered voters, which is steadily declining in percentage (26.8% in 2017). There was a time when NPAs were the fastest growing segment of voters. Someone could probably earn a PhD studying the reasons why.

      From the Florida Division of Elections Website “as of Sept. 30, 2021”:
      Republicans = 5,107,378
      Democratic = 5,120,077
      Minor Parties = 250,650
      No Party Affiliation = 3,798,938
      Total = 14,277,033

  • Impeach Biden

    November 8, 2021 at 6:44 am

    Let’s Go Brandon!!!

    The number one recruiter of new Republican voters.

  • Tom

    November 10, 2021 at 7:47 pm

    I’ll take the Govs in house numbers.
    He’s made it a number one party priority.
    He’s made the FGOP flushed financially,
    The fact that they are parity is a Disaster for Dems. Wait for the update for October.

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