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Florida GOP Signed Up 58,000 Voters in August

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By    |   Thursday, 24 September 2020 01:51 PM

The Republican Party in Florida registered nearly 58,000 new voters in the month of August, far more than Democrats did.

According to Politico, Republicans in Florida are going full speed ahead in the swing state as they try to out-hustle Democrats and help elect President Donald Trump in November to a second term. Florida is historically a swing state, and Trump won it in 2016.

The jump in Republican voter registrations was a 91% increase from what it was in August 2016, Politico noted. Democrats registered 41% fewer new voters than Republicans in August, and the party's total was 6% lower than it was in August 2016.

"We've turned our focus to voter registration in a more meaningful way than before. Everyone said you can't do it — get the gap between Republicans and Democrats to such a small number. Well, you can do it," Trump's 2016 Florida campaign director Susie Wiles told Politico.

"We did it through the mail, but the main way we had success was at the doors. And because the Democrats aren't meeting people at their doors like our campaign is doing, we are having great success."

Democrats in Florida have an advantage of roughly 185,000 registered voters over Republicans. Wiles' comments alluded to neighborhood canvassing efforts by the Trump campaign, which Democrat Joe Biden's campaign is not doing because of the coronavirus pandemic.

"It's late in the game now," state Sen. Jason Pizzo, a Democrat from Miami, told Politico. "There's been no pushback from us, meaning that for every 100 doors that Republicans have proverbially knocked on, it's not like they pissed people off to the point where they've run to the Democratic Party because they're pissed at the GOP. It's shown to be effective."

Voter registration in Florida for the Nov. 3 election closes on Oct. 5.

According to RealClearPolitics, Biden leads Trump by an average of 1.3 percentage points in Florida.

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The Republican Party in Florida registered nearly 58,000 new voters in the month of August, far more than Democrats did. According to Politico, Republicans in Florida are going full speed ahead in the swing state as they try to out-hustle Democrats and help elect President...
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