More than 1 million voters in the United States switched their registration to Republican in the last year alone.
According to the Associated Press, the biggest shift came from highly educated swing voters who voted for Joe Biden in 2020. They are now changing their votes to Republican in mass, as a sign of how upset the population is with Biden’s performance.
While Republicans added 1 million new voters to their ranks across the 42 states polled, Democrats only managed to flip 630,000 to their side. That gives Republicans an advantage of almost 400,000.
Despite the significant gains, a million new voters is unlikely to shift national elections enough to count for a guaranteed red wave. It does represent a significant shift in sentiment of US voters, who had been registering as Democrat at a faster pace than Republican just 2 years earlier.
Prominent Republicans around the country were quick to celebrate the big news.
Governor Greg Abbot of Texas bragged about the shift having a significant impact in the Latino-heavy Southern Texas counties.
Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel also celebrated the results from the Associated Press. She attributed the shift to grassroots outreach efforts from her own organization.
The GOP Co-Chair Tommy Hicks also took a victory lap, however he said the shift was the result of overpriced gasoline, supply chain shortages, and record high inflation.
Spencer Brown, the managing editor of Town Hall, used the results from the AP to compare it to a discussion from “The View” earlier in the day where they claimed that the Republican Party is about to disappear.
The fact that Republicans picked up 1 million voters, or 2/3 of the new voters polled, is a huge win for the party and a significant indicator for the upcoming election. Do you think there is any way Democrats can come back at this point? Can Republicans maintain this enthusiasm through 2024?