Blue State Blues: This Statistic Reinforces The Fact That Democrats Are In A Lot Of Trouble

Written By BlabberBuzz | Monday, 11 April 2022 03:45 PM
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Former Democrats flipping over to the Republican Party are surging in Pennsylvania, with four times the number of former Democrats registering as Republicans as vice versa in the battleground state.

The latest data from Pennsylvania's State Department demonstrated that four Democrats have switched to the Republican Party for every one Republican who did the opposite this year. With several contentious statewide elections, including a Senate race that could determine control of the chamber, the gains signal general dissatisfaction with President Joe Biden and the broader Democratic agenda. The rate of conversion is the highest anywhere in the country in at least the last 10 years, according to a Reuters report from this week.

Democrats still have the majority over Republicans in the state by over half a million registered voters, with 4 million registered Democrats in the state compared to about 3.4 million Republicans. Still, the GOP is working diligently to close that gap.

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A source familiar with a GOP ground effort to swell its ranks asserted that economic concerns may be responsible for driving many people to switch alliances and that the party is working hard to capitalize on the discontentment. Republicans have held successful voter drives at gas stations, where the pain at the pump has become a "driving issue, if you will," for many workers.

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"We're at diners and gun shows, all sorts of different outdoor venues — wherever we can set up a table and people are congregating," said the GOP source. While the historical swing back to the minority party during the midterm elections of a first-term president is certainly benefiting, the Democratic social agenda has alienated many generational Democrats in the Rust Belt.

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"The farther-left policies, the socialist ideas, some of the virtue-signaling, and the gender stuff all really doesn't resonate with Pennsylvania," the source went on. "I think a lot of people are shedding their historical Kennedy or Roosevelt democratic traditions just because the party has alienated them and they have more of a natural home now in the Republican Party."

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In November, Pennsylvanians are set to elect a governor and a senator, seats that are up for grabs from either party due to the state's mixed partisanship. The Republican gains in the voter rolls ahead of the May 17 closed primary show a shift away from Biden's 2020 victory and back toward former President Donald Trump's very narrow 2016 victory.

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