Is Florida on its way to being a red state?
Florida’s Republican Party leader says if he is re-elected next week, he will put a full court press on increasing the GOP voter registration numbers with hopes of officially giving Florida more registered Republicans than Democrats for the first time in history.
Chairman Blaise Ingoglia said it likely cannot be done in two years, but by the next presidential election, he said Florida could finally be majority Republican.
“Today, I would like to formally announce Project Majority Red - our next big aspirational goal,” Ingoglia said in an email blast to Republican activists this morning. “It will have one singular purpose, as we continue to win elections up and down the ballot, to make Florida a ‘majority red’ state by not only overtaking the Democrats in voter registrations, but keeping it that way for future elections.”
Ingoglia said he already has a promise from recently re-elected U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and other donors to help fund the aggressive voter registration push over the next two years.
Currently, Democrats have 4.9 million voters, Republicans have 4.6 million. Another 3.5 million voters are registered with neither political party.
He’s not the first RPOF chairman to have visions of overtaking Democrats in voter registrations. From 2000 to 2006, the Democrats historic advantage over Republicans dropped from 379,000 to just 276,000.
But then Democrats surged as President Barack Obama sought his first term. In November 2008, Democrats re-established a 694,000 voter registration advantage. That has decreased since, however. In 2014, the Democratic advantage dropped to 434,000 according to the Florida Division of Elections. Now it is down to 337,000.
Ingoglia’s pledge to take a more aggressive voter registration push comes just over a week before he stands before the Republican Party of Florida’s activist base seeking a second term as the party leader. Ingoglia is being challenged by Sarasota Republican Christian Ziegler and Lafayette County Republican Alan Levy at the Jan. 14 election in Orlando.
Democratic Party Voter Registration Advantage Over Republicans Since 2006
2006 - +276,000
2007 - +312,000
2008 - +694,000
2009 - +670,000
2010 - +569,000
2011 - +491,000
2012 - +558,000
2013 - +488,000
2014 - +434,000
2015 - +355,000
2016 - +337,000
(SOURCE: FLORIDA DIVISION OF ELECTIONS)