Florida’s Republican Advantage Grows To Nearly 900,000 Registered Voters

While November’s presidential election will likely be decided by voters in a handful of battleground states, one previously influential swing state has shifted dramatically in the Republican Party’s favor over the past several years.

According to a report released late last month by the Florida Division of Elections, the number of registered GOP voters in the state is now nearly 900,000 higher than the number of registered Democrats — 5,215,016 to 4,359,315.

Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, who launched his own White House bid but ultimately dropped out of the race and endorsed presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump, said he believes his party’s advantage will continue to grow as Election Day draws nearer.

“Prior to 2021, FL never had more registered Republicans than Democrats,” he wrote in a social media post last week. “Now, a million voter R registration advantage is within reach. Hillsborough (Tampa) is about to flip from D to R, which will mean every county in the Tampa Bay market has an R advantage in this previously ‘swing’ region of the state.”

In March 2022, the GOP had a significant 100,000-voter advantage over Democrats, but that gap has continually widened over the course of the subsequent two years. As of the latest statistics available, there are more Republican voters than Democrats in all but 11 of the state’s 67 counties.

Despite the clear advantage Republicans have in the state, the Biden administration has insisted that the incumbent Democratic president could still eke out a win in Florida.

“Make no mistake: Florida is not an easy state to win, but it is a winnable one for President Biden, especially given Trump’s weak, cash-strapped campaign, and serious vulnerabilities within his coalition,” claimed Biden campaign manager Julie Chavez Rodriguez.

Of the seven battleground states likeliest to swing the election in one direction or the other, Trump maintained a lead in six — Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina and Pennsylvania — in a recent Wall Street Journal survey.

Although President Joe Biden had a slim three-point lead in Wisconsin when respondents were allowed to choose from a longer list of candidates, he and Trump were tied in a hypothetical head-to-head matchup.