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Democrats are getting devastating election news from crucial battleground states that will likely decide the outcome of the 2022 midterms.
A new report reveals that Democrats’ voter registration lead has drastically shrunk in battleground states across the country, leading many to believe a “Red Wave” is coming next November.
–In Florida, Democrats are only leading Republicans in voter registration by 24,000. That number has come down substantially from 100,000 in January. When Obama ran for office in 2008, for instance, the state had over 700,000 more registered Democrats.
–Pennsylvania Democrats are also dropping registered voters. In just two years, Republicans have gained nearly 200,000 voters. Democrats currently lead Republicans by 632,000, down from 813,885.
–In North Carolina, the Democrats’ advantage has dropped 140,000 since October 2019. “There are fewer active registered Democrats on the books in North Carolina now than there were six years ago,” The Hill reported.
Steve Schale, a longtime Florida Democratic strategist, is telling Democrats that they could be in huge trouble going forward.
“Without a full-frontal, professional and accountable partisan effort to turn it around, sometime before the end of this year, there will be more Republicans registered in Florida than Democrats,” Schale wrote on his blog.
“That has NEVER happened before. And, given their voters have higher turnout scores — this isn’t a great place to start,” he added.
Democrat National Committee member Thomas Kennedy said the trend is very concerning.
“Obviously it’s concerning,” said Kennedy. “There are alarm bells ringing and I think the party and different groups are taking notice and trying to fill in the gaps.”
“I do think that the Republicans have put a lot of emphasis on voter registration,” he added. “For Democrats, there hasn’t been a robust voter registration operation like there needs to be in Florida since the Obama era. There’s this emphasis on third-party groups and nonprofits filling in that gap.”
“Voter registration is immensely important, but it’s not the end-all-be-all,” a national Democrat strategist said. “That being said, I think with a lot of these new voter restrictions, with the political landscape in 2022 being what it is, it’d be smart for us to try to pad out voter registration as much as possible because part of this is a numbers game.”
A Quinnipiac University poll showed Biden’s approval numbers at 38%, down from 42% last month. The survey also showed disapproval of the president rising from 50% up to 53%.
Biden’s approval rating took another nosedive, according to the latest survey from Rasmussen Reports, one of the industry’s most accurate polling firms.
The poll shows Biden’s approval cratering to 40 percent; of that number, just 21 percent “strongly approve” of him, marking the lowest level of approval in his eight-month presidency. Biden hit 42 percent a handful of times during this month.
Biden’s job approval has been trending downward for weeks, due in part to his perceived mishandling of several issues.
Last week in a report titled, “This poll should terrify Democrats ahead of 2022,” CNN Editor-at-Large Chris Cillizza discussed Biden’s precipitous fall in the polls:
“This is a bad poll for Joe Biden, and it’s playing out in everything that he touches right now,” Selzer told the Des Moines Register.
In addition, the president is taking hits for his perceived lack of mental capacity, according to a Fox News survey from this month. That survey found just 49 percent of respondents believe that Biden has the mental capacity to be president.
Biden is also underwater with Hispanics in Texas, according to the eye-opening results of a recent survey released earlier this month.
A recently published survey by the Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas-Tyler found that among Hispanics, only 35 percent approve of Biden’s job performance compared to 54 percent who disapprove. And the figures are nearly identical when it comes to how Texas Hispanics feel about Biden’s virtual open-border policies.
Just 29 percent approve of his handling of the border situation, while 47 percent disapprove.