Bad sign for Democrats as more than 1 million voters switch to GOP in the last year

WASHINGTON — A political shift is beginning to take hold across the U.S. as tens of thousands of suburban swing voters who helped fuel the Democratic Party’s gains in recent years are becoming Republicans.

More than 1 million voters across 43 states have switched to the Republican Party over the last year, according to voter registration data analyzed by The Associated Press. The previously unreported number reflects a phenomenon that is playing out in virtually every region of the country — Democratic and Republican states along with cities and small towns — in the period since President Joe Biden replaced former President Donald Trump.

But nowhere is the shift more pronounced — and dangerous for Democrats — than in the suburbs, where well-educated swing voters who turned against Trump’s Republican Party in recent years appear to be swinging back. Over the last year, far more people are switching to the GOP across suburban counties from Denver to Atlanta and Pittsburgh and Cleveland. Republicans also gained ground in counties around medium-size cities such as Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Raleigh, North Carolina; Augusta, Georgia; and Des Moines, Iowa.

Ben Smith, who lives in suburban Larimer County, Colorado, north of Denver, said he reluctantly registered as a Republican earlier in the year after becoming increasingly concerned about the Democrats’ support in some localities for mandatory COVID-19 vaccines, the party’s inability to quell violent crime and its frequent focus on racial justice.

“It’s more so a rejection of the left than embracing the right,” said Smith, a 37-year-old professional counselor whose transition away from the Democratic Party began five or six years ago when he registered as a libertarian.

The AP examined nearly 1.7 million voters who had likely switched affiliations across 42 states for which there is data over the last 12 months, according to L2, a political data firm. L2 uses a combination of state voter records and statistical modeling to determine party affiliation. While party switching is not uncommon, the data shows a definite reversal from the period while Trump was in office, when Democrats enjoyed a slight edge in the number of party switchers nationwide.

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I was raised as an Independent. Parents voted for the person, not the party. But, after this fiasco of the Dem/left/lib/woke...I will be damned if I vote Dem ever again!
Biden the potato head puppet has made this country the laughing stock of the world. The congress has passed more idiot laws than ever. Every day some Dem comes out with a crackpot idea that everyone is supposed to embrace. They are like kids in make believe land. Hey, what if we?
Biden is a babbling idiot and stuck on his green idea like a senile fool. Force change even if the plan has no structure to support it yet. I heard a pol the other day..she said when people are trying to figure out how to pay their rent, fill their car and feed their kids..they are not about to buy a 60K electric car!frustrated doh
Biden spends 4 day weekends at his home and has no worry about being away because he doesnt have decisions to make anyway. Just read the script when he has too.
Saw a thing on TV, he slipped up and showed the crib notes he had. When you need to tell our Pres to walk in and sit down, there is something seriously wrong with the man!roll eyes His diet plan for America is just stop feeding us. Then everyone will lose weight.
It is mind boggling how this country has been put in the crapper in two short years. Dad gum Putin. He caused a plague, shut factories in the US, turned off oil rigs in the US, towed container ships back to port, fired US workers, and threw our dollars around like candy at a parade.roll eyes laugh
Looks to me even Vlad ran America better through his puppet from New York
jan2017 - jan2021.
Kinda weird ha. Never knew Putin was such a good leader. roll eyes
Complete load of rubbish actually , nobody turned away from Trump , he received the highest presidential vote for any GOP presidential candidate ever . There is a move by the left in areas to sign up to vote in primaries for RINO's . Boebert is one Republican coming under such pressure .
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