Republicans hold 25,000 voter registration advantage in Pinellas

The advantage means Democrats will have a harder time holding onto seats and a tough road to winning others back.

The GOP now has a more than 25,000 voter advantage in Pinellas County, with 230,556 voters to just 205,457 Democrats.

That’s a sizable lead, especially considering Republicans historically turn out in greater numbers than Democrats. It also means no-party or third-party voters will play a big role in election outcomes next year. There are nearly 179,000 voters not affiliated with a major party.

The GOP advantage could have sweeping implications for Democrats in the next election cycle, with some vulnerable races on the ballot.

Democratic Rep. Lindsay Cross just earned her seat in the House in 2022, and while she doesn’t face a GOP challenger yet, insiders expect that to change.

Her district, House District 60, still has a Democratic advantage, at just over 43,000 Democrats to about 38,000 Republicans. But again, independent and third-party candidates make up a huge portion of the electorate, at nearly 35,000 voters.

The advantage also means it will be more difficult for Democrats to win back any seats that have recently flipped. House District 61, which was formerly House District 69 and once led by Democrat Jennifer Webb, now has a GOP advantage of nearly 8,000 voters. Incumbent Republican Rep. Linda Chaney, who flipped the seat when she defeated Webb, faces Democrat Michael James Warner.

Democratic Pinellas County Commissioner Charlie Justice may also be vulnerable. As an at large Commissioner, he’s subject to the countywide GOP advantage and already faces a challenger, community watchdog and Republican Vince Nowicki.

Likewise, Pinellas County Commissioner Janet Long, a Democrat, is not seeking re-election, leaving her seat an open race that Republicans have been eyeing for years. There, Cookie Kennedy is the Democrat running to replace Long and has an uphill battle against a so-far better-funded Republican in businessman Chris Scherer.

A win for the GOP in either race would grow the Republican advantage from 4-3 to 5-2. A win in both would leave just one Democrat on the dais.

District 7 Commissioner Rene Flowers so far does not face a challenger. If Flowers does draw a GOP challenger, she’d likely not face a difficult campaign. Democrats have more than 74,000 voters compared to just shy of 42,000 for the GOP in that district.

Peter Schorsch

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  • ScienceBLVR

    September 8, 2023 at 12:56 pm

    As a Pinellas resident, this is somewhat disturbing news, although I still feel there are certainly some long time registered Republicans who are not happy with their party’s direction. Many of my middle of the road conservative colleagues in education are furious at this state’s war on teachers, especially in light of what we pulled together for students during Covid. Now we’re groomers indoctrinating students with our woke agenda. And then, there is all the other anti stuff: anti LGBTQ, anti business, anti books, anti free speech, anti woman, and well, even Republicans and independents don’t like to have their freedoms taken away! Here’s hoping people in Pinellas vote their conscience, not their party.

  • Josh Green

    September 8, 2023 at 1:23 pm

    I’m a registered Pinellas Republican, but only registered Republican so I can vote for the worst candidate in the primary. Currently i’m thinking either Trump or DeSantis. National polling suggests both will lose big to Biden.

  • tom palmer

    September 8, 2023 at 1:52 pm

    Historically. the Yankees in Pinellas and Sarasota counties were the main stronghold for Republican voters in Florida.

    • My Take

      September 8, 2023 at 2:47 pm

      The cold north has flushed its toilet into Florida.

  • Lindsay

    September 8, 2023 at 3:10 pm

    Pinellas resident (Largo) I was a registered Democrat until 2020. Voted for Obama 2x, Hillary Clinton in 2016 and Trump in 2020. Proud to vote for Governor DeSantis in 2022 and plan to support him now as a registered Republican.
    I am one of those millennial, suburban Mom’s who feel the current Democratic Party has completely lost it’s way. And now they are coming for our children with gender ideology. I will fight these sick SOB’s every step of the way.

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