The Florida Democratic Party announced Friday that, for the seventh consecutive month, they have out-registered Republicans, including a 10-point advantage among Hispanics. But if you look a bit farther and compare the registration gains of both parties with the number of voters who register No Party Affiliation, there is no comparison. The NPAs win.
According to the Florida Department of State's election's data, Democrats clearly have been doing better in the last seven months than they did in the first part of the year, when their numbers dropped by 18,000 voters between December 2011 and March 2012. They have since reversed those losses and have now exceeded their December 2011 numbers and seen a net increase of 40,841 voters.
Of the 11.4 million registered voters in Florida, however, there has been a net increase of 247,300 new voters registered between December 2011 and July 2012. Of those, 52 percent -- or 129,456 -- are NPA. Another 16 percent are Democrats and 35 percent are Republican.
Republicans saw a surge in voter registration during the time of the presidential primary when their rolls increased by 40,000 voters. Their numbers dropped by just under 10,000 between February and March but have been steadily increasing since.
From the Democratic Party release:
"In a trend that has continued into the fall, GOP extremism is causing crucial voting blocs to flee the party as, significantly more women and Hispanics continue to register as Democrats than as Republicans. Florida Democrats continue to maintain an overall registration advantage of 4-percent.
""Democrats have consistently out registered Republicans in Florida for seven consecutive months and that's a trend that should make Republicans very nervous heading into the fall," said Scott Arceneaux, Executive Director of the Florida Democratic Party. "Further troubling for the GOP are the demographic breakdowns which show solid registration advantages among growing important groups like women and Hispanics. With almost 50 days to go and over 88 offices, Democrats are committed to building the strongest, largest ground game this state has ever seen -- and delivering Florida's prized 29 electoral votes for President Obama."
BY THE NUMBERS:
August is the seventh consecutive month that Democrats have out-registered Republicans.
Democrats registered 7,237 more voters than Republicans in August — beating the GOP by nearly 10-percentage points.
In August, Democrats had a 27-percent registration advantage with Hispanics. Overall, Democrats are beating Republicans in Hispanic registration by 10-points.
In August, Democrats had a 13-percent registration advantage with women. Overall, Democrats are beating Republicans in women registration by 10-points.
Overall, the recent statistics continue to reflect that the state is trending more Democratic, as Democrats retain a 4-percent advantage over Republicans.