‘A darker shade of red’: Florida GOP touts 500,000-plus voter advantage
Christian Ziegler throws his hat in the crowded ring for Florida GOP Chair.

Last month alone, Florida Republicans gained 45,648 new registrants. Democrats shed 93,744 voters.

The Florida GOP’s advantage is now past the 500,000-voter mark — a stark figure for Democrats hoping to regain a political foothold in the state.

As of June 30, there were 541,798 more Republicans than Democrats registered to vote in the Sunshine State, Florida Division of Elections data shows.

Last month alone, Florida Republicans here gained 45,648 new registrants. Democrats shed 93,744 voters.

That’s evidence residents both old and new “are not buying into the radical agenda being peddled by the” Democratic Party, Florida GOP Chair Christian Ziegler said in a statement.

“Month after month, Florida becomes a darker shade of red,” he said. “This is great news, but we must keep our foot on the gas until the Florida (Democratic) Party waves the white flag of surrender, which looks more and more inevitable with every new voter registration monthly update.”

The number of voters in Florida has risen by more than 1.2 million since 2016, to a total of 14,182,364 registrants in June.

Between the two major parties, minority parties and the state’s no-party voters, only Democrats lost members, falling from a 38% share of the total rolls in 2016 to 33% last month.

Florida Democrats historically had a registration edge, but in 2021 Republicans overtook them and by Election Day last year held all statewide offices, supermajorities in both chambers of the Legislature and greater numbers among the state’s congressional delegation as well.

A graphic showing the state’s political shift. Image via Florida GOP.

The pandemic saw a marked rise in transplants, with an estimated 394,000 active voters flocking to Florida since March 2020. Of those, 46% were Republicans, 23% were Democrats and 29% were independents.

Former Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, the last Democrat to hold statewide office, took over as leader of the party in February from former Chair Manny Diaz after progressives underperformed in the Midterms.

She vowed to restructure the party so it “works for everybody” by, among other things, fixing its bylaws so people have more of a say in its operations.

Discussing the matter after last year’s election, Miami Gardens Democratic Sen. Shevrin Jones, who has led numerous voter registration efforts, credited Republicans for playing the “long game” and “building one of the most effective operations in the country.”

At the same time, he said, Democrats “have taken large swaths of the electorate for granted, chased the ‘shiny objects’ of the day from a messaging standpoint — oftentimes landing on disjointed, tone-deaf themes — empowered by the same few consultants despite loss after loss, and failed to build a sustained presence and organization in communities across the state.”

That needs to change, he argued.

“Florida Democrats too will need to do the work and play the long game if we hope to change course in the foreseeable future,” Jones said.

“There is no magic wand to wave when it comes to candidate recruitment, organizing infrastructure, voter registration or issue platform. Above all else, we must do a better job of hearing, acknowledging, speaking to and responding to the very real challenges facing Florida families each and every day.”

Jesse Scheckner

Jesse Scheckner has covered South Florida with a focus on Miami-Dade County since 2012. His work has been recognized by the Hearst Foundation, Society of Professional Journalists, Florida Society of News Editors, Florida MMA Awards and Miami New Times. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @JesseScheckner.


  • DeSantis has taking a page out of the Nazi playbook

    July 18, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    I get it there’s a lot of Republicans that may have moved here and registered that way. But there are also a lot of Democrats, as well as other people who registered as no party affiliation.. and most of the time the new party affiliation, and I think in this general election would lean towards the Democratic nominee. It’s unfortunate that Florida voter laws don’t allow no party affiliation to vote in primaries. I think he would get a better picture if they did.

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    • Antonio

      July 19, 2023 at 4:47 pm

      They are individual parties. If we choose not to be in a party, there is no reason we should get a voice in the decision on who’s going to be the candidate for said party. It makes primary elections about exciting things like judges, school boards, and mosquito comptroller, but that is the price for choosing not to join a political party.

  • Earl Pitts"Dont Whizz Off Earl" American

    July 18, 2023 at 6:39 pm

    Good evening Dook 4 Brains Leftists,
    Just hang on for a little while longer in the Red State of Florida.
    It wont be long until California, New York, and other DFBL states will begin offering incentives for your kind to move there and be amoungst your people.
    Please try and maintain a low respectfull profile while you are still here in Florida. There will be pleanty of time to be a hate filled annoying b whole once you are relocated with your people.
    Thank you Dook 4 Brains Leftists,
    Earl Pitts American

  • My Take

    July 18, 2023 at 6:51 pm

    A deeper dullness of dumb.
    Aŕe they even listening to what their pols are saying in public?

  • Florida's Finest

    July 18, 2023 at 6:58 pm

    Thats some solid advice Mr. Pitts-American. Soon after arrival in their new home state they will begin looking around at their fellow Democratic voting citizens and determine its not the utopia they had in mind. So they will find sets of people to dislike, belittle, and disparage. These people will never find true happeniess unless some tragidy totally disrupts their lives and they change their weird ways because of that.
    Hopeing the leftist states starts recruting their people real soon.
    Floridas Finest

  • More nuance

    July 18, 2023 at 10:31 pm

    Because you choose to reproduce as “news” a misleading graphic from a political party, review of the actual Fla. Dept. State website shows the following: since 2022 there are actually 48,853 fewer Rs than last year, and 206,697 fewer Ds, and 121,600 fewer NPAs due to purging of voter rolls. While Rs are increasing their registration, they still are only 37% of the electorate. Their legislative dominance is due in no small part to gerrymandering, and it is just a matter of time until federal courts force a redrawing of congressional district maps. https://dos.myflorida.com/elections/data-statistics/voter-registration-statistics/voter-registration-reports/voter-registration-by-party-affiliation/

    • Pancho Villar

      July 19, 2023 at 9:21 am

      Very good points by More Nuance. After the SCOTUS rulings in the Alabama and North Carolina cases, I suspect FL’s gerrymandered maps are next to fall. This state needs to shift to independent redistricting.

  • Nicole R Rowan

    July 18, 2023 at 11:21 pm

    This article compares registrations added vs current voters removed.

    Is it not because so many Dems are leaving the imploding state? It has become a cesspool of toxic roads & water, authoritarian government, highest inflation of all the states and limited home owners insurance at a climate disaster area (to name just a few).

    I lived in Florida about 20 years ago, loved it! That’s why I follow the news there today. But I have no interest in returning under the current regime or extreme maga mindset.

    Yeah, yeah, I know most Floridians are happy about this. They don’t want “my kind” anyway… which is Democrat.

  • Earl Pitts "Political Relocation Advisor" American

    July 19, 2023 at 7:31 am

    Good morning Nichole,
    Once the leftist States start offering monitary rewards, and other incentives, such as a generous 4 year State Income Tax voucher to bring their people back you will be able to leave everything that bothers you about Florida behind. Many leftist states have miles of beautiful beaches too along with all the non-political things you love about Florida. You can take your family with you too if being close to your grandchildern is important.
    Also if you still are making student loan payments my sources indicate the de-populated leftist states have identified paying your student loans off will be a big motivator to bring back the “ones that got away” like your self back home to be with their own kind and rejoining a tax base that supports all things leftist Democrat voters believe in.
    You know in your leftist heart that Florida is really not your home. Give in and stop fighting it your people up north really need you to do your part and get on the leftist relocation train.Twenty years is not too long – they really need you to come home. They will greet you with open arms and love you forever.
    So keep an eye out for the great incentiaves leftist States will soon be offering. Believe me Florida wants you to be happy. So go back girl just go back to the glorious leftist ways of your youth. You can go home again…yes you can.
    Thank you and good luck with your upcoming relocation.
    Earl Pitts American

    • Beverly Brevity

      July 19, 2023 at 1:19 pm

      Too many words again, Earl. No time to read it. When you keep it brief, we read it.

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