Republican voters in Florida outperform Democrats for the first time in decades

Florida’s registered Republican voters now outnumber Democratic voters registered in the state for the first time in several decades — but according to Florida GOP Vice President Christian Ziegler, the Florida Republican Party has no plans to slow down or rest.

“It’s important for us to recognize our milestones like overtaking the Democrats in Florida. We can take some time to do that. But then we have to right away — in two minutes, we’ll be back to work,” Ziegler told Breitbart News exclusively over the weekend.

“The Democrats are laser focused 24/7, 365, to basically turn America and Florida into a socialist country that doesn’t support our police, doesn’t support our military, puts more power in government hands, closes businesses and closes schools. I mean, every day they wake up, that’s what focus on it.” He completed. “I mean, my job as Vice President of the State Party and our organization – we need to laser-focus on countering that and then promoting all the good that Ron DeSantis is doing.”

As of October 31, Republicans were about 4,000 votes ahead of the Democrats – 5,118,357 to 5,114,039 according to the data Of the Florida Department of Elections – Ziegler said that victory was in large part because “a majority of America does not agree with the left-wing base of the Democratic Party.” Especially after Republican Glenn Youngkin’s victory in the Virginia gubernatorial race, campaigning largely against critical race theory, government bypass, and the left-wing agenda, Ziegler noted how Democrats “help the Republican Party” by “doubling their number” rather than pushing them back. Develop strategies for how the party deals with hot button issues.

He completed:

I mean, it looks like the Democrats are doubling down. The reason they exist is that their base demands it. And I think they’ve been revealed regarding school closings, business closings, and advancing critical race theory. They are already being blamed for that. So what they’re doing now is they’re going to dig in their heels and they’re going to give that to their base.

The problem, however, is that the majority of America does not agree with the left-wing base of the Democratic Party. The sooner this is revealed, the more voters will lose. So they are really in a tough, tough place. I don’t know where to go from here. But I know, digging will help the Republican Party, and we’ll highlight how radical and out of touch they are with the average American. And I think there’s going to be a big payoff coming in August in Florida, and the school board elections come in August when they go to vote for school boards in August. But then in November, when we go to the general election… states like Florida will be out of reach.

I think they will harm themselves in all the countries that have become battlegrounds. I just don’t know who to give them advice, but I’m going to encourage the Democrats, just keep doing what you’re doing and help the GOP even more.

When Breitbart News Register in With Ziegler in early October, Democrats were leading 20,000 voters in the state. Ziegler said that while some estimates put Republicans on track to outnumber Democrats by the end of the year, he knew it would happen much sooner.

“There were a lot of people who spoke maybe at the end of the year and early spring. But I just know from the point of view of the Florida Republican Party, and our team, we have a lot of resources on the ground across the state to do non-stop voter registration. “I was expecting it before Thanksgiving, but it’s a huge win for our organization now.”

Ziegler spoke of the party’s plan to expand efforts on the ground and use the weak strength of the Democratic Party to continue building strength in the country.

He said:

We really focus on the issues and how they affect people in Florida. So when you look down in South Florida, a lot of our messaging is about, you know, about anti-socialism and basically exposing Democrats for promoting socialism or endorsing socialism when you get to the middle part of the county, we’re talking about a lot about, you know, safety, public safety , and support for law enforcement and how Democrats frankly don’t support law enforcement. And then when we go up in the Panhandle, we talk about family values ​​and in our culture, CRT, some of those issues that really resonate with the voters there. So I think the Democrats have done a great job at giving us a lot of content to mobilize against.

He added that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (right) is a leader they can “mobilize in support” because of his strong leadership and emphasis on freedom throughout the pandemic.

“So it’s like the perfect storm here in Florida because we can point to the Democrats and how extreme and out of touch they are. And then we can point to Ron DeSantis and say, ‘Look, you’ve kept your kids in school and you’ve got your business open,'” he said.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis arrives at a press conference, Tuesday, August 3, 2021, near the Shark Valley Visitor Center in Miami.  DeSantis doubles as the state once again broke its own record for hospitalizations for COVID-19.  The Republican governor insisted on Tuesday that the rally would be short-lived.  (Associated Press/Wilfredo Lee)

Governor Ron DeSantis arrives at a press conference, August 3, 2021, near the Shark Valley Visitor Center in Miami. (Associated Press/Wilfredo Lee)

Ziegler said that the demise of the Democratic majority in Florida began during the presidency of Barack Obama and kicked off in large part during the Trump era.

There were 600,000 more Democrats than Republicans in 2008. Obama took office, and we’ve seen it [he] It started moving so far to the left and people started dropping out.” “I think Donald Trump played a big part in that because when he took office in 2016, what we saw was a lot historically, you know, Southern Democrats, if you will, they were Conservative, but their families have always voted or have always been registered Democrats. And I think Donald Trump then kind of enabled them to switch to the Republican side because he was just fighting for that part of central Florida, rural Florida — it was their voice.”

From 2008 through the end of the Obama presidency in 2016, the number of Democrats rose from nearly 700,000 more voters than Republicans to just over 300,000, election data Offers. By 2020, Democrats were leading with just under 100,000 voters.

“And then I think Ron DeSantis is really taking that momentum that Trump started and he’s been pouring gasoline everywhere because of his stance of keeping kids in school and keeping businesses open. And those two things have mobilized and awakened and mobilized people who have never been politically involved. But when you start to Messing with their kids and you start messing with their business, they have to kind of open their eyes and get information and realize what’s going on,” he said. “So we have a lot of 20-30-year-olds and 40-year-olds who have never been involved and who are now showing up at school board meetings, but also registering to vote. And they are all registering the GOP because they are so frustrated that the government can have Lots of power over that.”

Nov Politico Report Note how the Democratic Governors Association “has no plans to provide significant financial assistance to Florida Democrats as they seek to remove Governor Ron DeSantis in 2022,” due in large part to “the perception that DeSantis is unbeatable.” In response, Ziegler told Breitbart News that no matter what Democrats do, Florida’s Republican Party isn’t dropping its guard.

“From the point of view of the Florida Republican Party, I don’t care what the Democrats do. We’re going to go one hundred and fifty percent. We’ll do everything. We’ll be aggressive, and we’ll campaign like this ten points at all times. And look, if we win ten, fifteen points, great. But as You know, we’re going to assume we’ve lost ten points, and we’re going to act as hard as we can because there’s a lot at stake to sit down and say, ‘Oh, he’s unbeatable’ or whatever,” Ziegler said.

Ziegler said the enthusiasm extends to DeSantis as well, noting that the governor is “one of the most, if not the most, hard-working politicians.”

“For him, individually, he’s going to go 150 percent. And we’ll do the same with the Florida GOP — we won’t flinch,” he said. “There is a lot at stake. I have three girls, an eight-year-old, five-year-old and a two-year-old. I want them to live in a state where Ron DeSantis is governor and we have our liberties protected.”

Katherine Hamilton is a political reporter for the Breitbart News. You can follow it Twitter.

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