Florida GOP sets blueprint for nation, registers 9 new voters for every 1 new Dem ahead of midterms

While the rest of the nation was languishing under COVID chaos, the state of Florida, under the impressive leadership of Governor Ron DeSantis, repeatedly rose above the noise and shined like a beacon for conservatives. Through decisive, often controversial moves, Florida has consistently shown the GOP — and the nation — how to handle woke mobs, how to stand up to would-be authoritarians, and, most importantly, how to shift a state from “purple” to “red” before what is arguably the most important midterm elections in modern American history.

Just days away from the finish line, it appears that hard work, sane policies, and bold moves are paying off for the Florida GOP, which, in the months leading up to the midterms, registered nine new Republican voters for every one voter registered by the Democrats.

“Republicans are ahead of Democrats in the number of mail ballots and in-person early votes cast, as of Friday morning. The two parties were evenly split 24 hours earlier; five days before, Democrats were ahead,” the Sun Sentinel reports. “Any chance for Democratic victories in the big 2022 Florida races requires them to go into Nov. 8 with more ballots cast than Republicans, who consistently have better Election Day turnout.”

According to the outlet, “Florida has 5.28 million registered Republicans for the Nov. 8 election — an increase of more than 86,376 from the number of Republicans registered to vote in the August primary. The state has 4.97 million Democrats — just 9,380 more than the number who were registered to vote in August.”

“That works out to more than nine new Republican registrants for every one new Democratic registered voter,” the Sentinel states.

The news is huge, not just for the Sunshine State, but for the entire nation.

With 29 electoral votes in the Electoral College, Presidential elections can be won or lost in Florida, traditionally making it one of the most contentious political battlegrounds in the nation.

“The latest numbers underscore the reality — calamitous for Democrats and heartening for Republicans — that Florida is leaving behind its longtime position as the biggest swing state in the country, one that could go either way in big elections, and is landing solidly in the Republican red column,” the Sentinel’s Anthony Mann writes.

The number of registered Republicans topped the number of Democrats last year for the first time in the state’s modern history.

Bernie Parness has long led the Deerfield Beech Democratic Club and serves as a Deerfield Beach city commissioner. He believes the reason for the shift is simple.

“They’re better organized than we are. It’s the simplest answer I can give you,” he said. “We have to do a better job.”

State Sen. Lauren Book became the Democrat’s Senate leader last year and claims the state party’s “abysmal” voter registration numbers are due to its failure to create “an environment for Democrats to be successful.”

Naturally, credit for the surge in registered Republicans is largely being given to the state’s two most charismatic personalities: DeSantis and, of course, former President Donald Trump.

But we at American Wire would like to acknowledge the Presler Effect.

A young conservative, Scott Presler has earned the love and respect of Republicans from coast to coast for his tireless efforts to register Republican voters, and, from the start of his mission, he has focused much of his energy on Florida.

“Since 2018, I’ve visited Florida 25+ times,” Presler tweeted back in May. “Within that time period, we’ve registered thousands of Republicans.”

“For the first time in history, there are more registered Republicans than Democrats in Florida,” he proudly announced. “Girlfriend, it’s over.”

And by the looks of things, even Democrats know he wasn’t wrong.

“Democrats lost this election when they lost their voter registration advantage,” said Sean Phillippi, a Democratic strategist in Florida. “Republicans have been winning elections at a good clip for the last decade — and that’s when Democrats had a voter registration advantage.”

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