More people are registered as Republican voters than their Democrat counterparts in Florida.
For the first time, the Sunshine State is home to more GOP supporters than those who vote for the Democratic Party.
Official data from Gov. Ron DeSantis’ re-election campaign shows the Republican Party had over 101,000 more voter registrations than the Democrats at the end of 2021.
New registrants and disenchanted Democrat voters switching parties fueled this red-leaning shift.
“There is no beating around the fact this historic gain is because of Gov. Ron DeSantis,” Florida GOP executive director Helen Aguirre Ferré said according to Fox News.
Ferré claims the governor won widespread support through relaxing coronavirus restrictions, keeping schools open, lowering unemployment, and supporting business.
“Florida voters are appreciative of the palpable sense of freedom he has created in our state,” she said according to Yahoo News. “There are no lockdowns and there are no masks.”
Since DeSantis was elected in 2018, the number of Republican voters jumped by 363,000 across the state.
An earlier Suffolk University/USA TODAY network poll discovered 53% of Florida voters disapprove of President Joe Biden’s performance. Only 39% were happy with the incumbent’s accomplishments in the Oval Office.
About 58% of 500 respondents surveyed believe America is on the wrong track. Moreover, only 28% are optimistic about the nation’s future under the Democrat’s leadership.
Their biggest complaint was about Biden’s handling of the economy. Namely, 57% disapproved while just 36% approved.
Floridians were also displeased with the incumbent’s response to coronavirus, with 48% disapproving and 45% approving his handling of the pandemic.