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GOP Voter Registration on Rise in 3 Battleground States

GOP Voter Registration on Rise in 3 Battleground States

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By    |   Monday, 29 August 2016 08:17 AM

The Republican Party has gained hundreds of thousands of new voters in the key battleground states of Florida, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania, according to CNN.

Democrats still outnumber Republicans in those states, but the GOP has improved its standings, according to the CNN report.

In Florida since November 2012, 300,000 more Republicans were added to the voter rolls than Democrats, reports CNN. Democrats had 557,544 more registered voters than Republicans in 2012, now they are 259,000 ahead.

Since 2012, Democrats lost 195,000 white voters, while Republicans gained around 149,000, the report said.

Democrats in Florida saw an increase in Hispanic registration, with 92,000 Hispanic voters added. Two-thirds of those joined up between February and August of 2016.

University of Florida political science professor Daniel Smith told CNN Democrats had nothing to worry about and that "their registration has been healthy, and their demographics are more representative of the state electorate. On the Republican side, it's disproportionately white."

In North Carolina, Republicans gained twice as many voters as Democrats since 2012. CNN notes that in 2012, Republican Mitt Romney won the presidential vote there by 79,000 votes.

Many North Carolina Democrats vote for both parties, according to Republican strategist Carter Wrenn, who says "about 15 percent of Democrats, mostly older Democrats, usually vote for the Republican nominee for president."

In Pennsylvania, Republicans gained 83,000 more voters than Democrats. Democrats still have more registered voters than Republicans there, but their lead is the smallest it's been since 2007, CNN reports.

Trump's Pennsylvania chairman, Rep. Tom Marino, said at least 80,000 Democrats have switched their party registration to Republican this year.

In some western states, the news appears to be better for Democrats. Democrats gained 45,000 voters in Colorado and 19,000 voters in Arizona in the past year, the CNN report said.

In a Mercury News opinion column, Tom Steyer wrote that Republican candidate Donald Trump is helping Democrats in California. Steyer calls Trump the Democrats' "unwitting ally."

"His hate-filled presidential campaign has awakened Californians to the hazards of apathy in the polls. Record numbers of Californians are answering the call and registering," wrote Steyer.

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The Republican Party has gained hundreds of thousands of new voters in the key battleground states of Florida, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania, according to CNN.
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2016-17-29
Monday, 29 August 2016 08:17 AM
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