Honey, I shrunk the Democrat Party

The Democrat Party is losing voters, big time, in the free state of Florida.

Voters are moving to other parties – including the Republican Party – and to no party affiliation — which generally is made up of people who are disgusted with all political factions but still want to participate in choosing elected officials.

In 2018, Republicans made up 35.3 percent of registered voters and Democrats had 37.2 percent.

By 2022 that had changed. As the voter rolls swelled to more than 14.5 million, all parties gained a share, except the Democrats. That year, Republicans were 36.4 percent of the total and Democrats had dwindled to 34.3 percent.

Since then, the GOP has continued to gain and surpassed the Democrats in absolute numbers a year ago. It now has a substantial lead, as the graphic shows.

Another significant trend is the racial breakdown. Democrats have had a reliable voting bloc among voters with black skin for years, but over the four-year period, the number of black-skinned Republicans increased 21.4 percent while the number of black-skinned Democrats increased only 3.4 percent.

Republicans, despite having smaller registration numbers, have been dominating in statewide elections for the past 25 years, since Jeb Bush was elected governor. This is an indication that many independents shun Democrat candidates also.

The trend coincides with the huge shift to the left by the Democrat Party nationwide. Embracing socialism, culture wars and racist policies has not benefitted the party. The last president who could be called a “moderate” Democrat was John F. Kennedy.

It was Kennedy’s brother Ted who recognized the lack of enthusiasm for Democrats among the electorate and decided that the solution was to change the electorate. He got a bill enacted to change immigration policy and today’s Democrats are doubling down by throwing open the doors and allowing the entire world to cross America’s borders, in the hope that the newcomers will vote for left-wing fantasies.

But Florida has bucked the trend, despite the best efforts of the media and academia.

As the first Republican president said, “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.”

Lloyd Brown

Lloyd was born in Jacksonville. Graduated from the University of North Florida. He spent nearly 50 years of his life in the newspaper business …beginning as a copy boy and retiring as editorial page editor for Florida Times Union. He has also been published in a number of national newspapers and magazines, as well as Internet sites. Married with children. Military Vet. Retired. Man of few words but the words are researched well, deeply considered and thoughtfully written.


2 responses to “Honey, I shrunk the Democrat Party”

  1. Bright spot overall except for Duval County, forever behind the Dem’s despite big efforts at voter registration. Jacksonville voters not buying machine politics that pervade local politics, run counter to Party Platform?

  2. I would have at least 10 parties all new names. After then you would have to make a choice a month at least 10 parties in do the research and say to a voter you have to actually do your homework and figure things out for yourself or don’t vote. It is such a sore point in time that there’s only two parties and both are from 200 years ago with completely different actual policies now than they were before. It would also point out to people that if you don’t want to do your homework for an election then don’t vote. Only people who are of a certain intelligence would have to be in the voting registration.

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