Florida GOP shrinking Democrats’ voter marginby John Kennedy | January 6th, 2012
Florida Republicans are narrowing their voter registration gap with Democrats as presidential primary season opens.
The state party said Friday that in December, there were 502,861 more registered Democrats than Republicans in Florida, a roughly 4.5 million to 4 million separation. But the margin is down from a 580,666 difference when 2011 opened — a 77,805 shift in the GOP’s favor.
Earlier this week was the deadline for Republicans to register to vote in Florida’s Jan. 31 primary, the nation’s largest, early nominating contest. The Florida Division of Elections said it will be Jan. 17 before it releases final voter totals for the primary.
“RPOF is working at the grassroots level to bring new voters, Democrats, and independent voters into our party,” said Chairman Lenny Curry. “We are also letting former Republicans know we want them to come back and join us to get Florida and the nation back on the path to prosperity.”