The times they are a-changin’.
While the mainstream media went wall-to-wall throughout the weekend with breathless coverage of protests over the Supreme Court’s ruling on Friday overturning Roe v. Wade, a new report says more than 1 million Americans have switched to the Republican Party in the last 12 months.
“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,” the Associated Press reported.
“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.”
The AP said the explosion of Republicans in key battleground states could play a factor in the 2022 mid-terms and the 2024 presidential election.
“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,” the AP wrote. “Republicans also gained ground in counties around medium-size cities such as Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Raleigh, North Carolina; Augusta, Georgia; and Des Moines, Iowa.”
While Democrats now have the abortion issue heading into the November elections, even liberal CNN says things look grim for the party in the mid-terms.
“CNN senior data reporter Harry Enten on Monday predicted a 2022 midterm election landslide for Republicans in the House of Representatives,” the HuffPost wrote.
“The November elections are months away, but Enten’s findings are pointing in the wrong direction for Democrats, who hold a 12-seat House majority. Enten said Republicans are in their best position in more than 80 years. ‘My estimate for the 2023 House makeup, if the election were held today, which again, it isn’t… would be Republicans, 236 seats to 241 seats. Democrats, 194 to 199,’” he said.
Joseph Curl has covered politics for 35 years, including 12 years as White House correspondent for a national newspaper. He was also the a.m. editor of the Drudge Report for four years. Send tips to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @josephcurl.