Midterm elections have the potential to serve as a referendum of sorts on a controversial sitting president, and considering how gloriously bad President Joe Biden’s first term is going so far, it’s hard not to imagine that this could most certainly be the case in 2022.
The Democratic Party is scrambling to address surprisingly narrow voter registration leads in several key swing states where it has historically enjoyed wider advantages in this metric.
In North Carolina, Democratic voter registration has dropped by 140,000 since October 2019.
And in the contentious battleground state of Florida, while Democrats have typically enjoyed a hefty advantage over Republicans when it comes to voter registration, over the last two years this has sunk by over 200,000.
According to the latest figures from the Florida Division of Elections, The Hill reported, the total number of registered Republican voters now tails Democratic voters by just 24,000.
Although it’s not all bad news for Democrats — as the party has conversely managed to close the gap in Arizona, where Republicans have previously had a bigger advantage — Republican voter enthusiasm for 2022 doesn’t bode well as compared to Democrats, either.
“Obviously it’s concerning,” Thomas Kennedy, a Florida member of the Democratic National Committee, told The Hill. “There are alarm bells ringing and I think the party and different groups are taking notice and trying to fill in the gaps.”
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He noted that while factors like states cleaning up voter rolls may be contributing to the weakening voter registration numbers, Republican-led efforts to increase registration have also played a role.
“I do think that the Republicans have put a lot of emphasis on voter registration,” he said, noting that Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida has led a roughly $2 million campaign to increase GOP registration numbers. “For Democrats, there hasn’t been a robust voter registration operation like there needs to be in Florida since the Obama era. There’s this emphasis