Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced registered Republicans in the Sunshine State now outnumber Democrats for the first time in history.
“When I got elected governor we had 280,000 more registered Democrats than Republicans in the state of Florida,” DeSantis said at the National Conference of State Legislatures on Nov. 5, according to Fox News.
“Today, and it will probably be fully publicized very soon, for the first time in the history of Florida we have overtaken Democrats. There are more registered Republicans in Florida than Democrats,” he added.
🚨 “Florida Republicans have officially reached a milestone they’ve been trending toward for nearly a decade — outnumbering registered Florida Democrats for the first time in state history.” https://t.co/aez86Fmq5g
— Poli Alert (@polialertcom) November 15, 2021
The state voted for former President Barack Obama in 2012, but supported former President Donald Trump in 2016 and 2020.
The new milestone may have great significance for 2022 and beyond. Several GOP seats for Congress will be up for grabs in the midterm elections, making Florida a strategic location.
In addition, the change will certainly be important for the 2024 presidential election. The state’s 29 electoral votes rank among the highest of any state in the nation.
DeSantis has even been rumored to run in 2024. However, he has dismissed the idea, recently announcing plans to run for reelection as governor.