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Las Vegas Democrat Switches Parties, Running As Republican For Governor

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Republicans are “the clear favorites” to retake control of the House and perhaps even the Senate in November’s midterm elections.

North Las Vegas Democrat Mayor John Lee announced that he’s running as a Republican in a primary for governor. Lee was a registered Democrat who served in the state assembly from 1997 to 2001 and the state senate from 2004 to 2012.

Lee argued the Democrats’ “elitist” and “socialist” agenda is not one he “can stand with anymore.”

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“They had an election recently for leadership, and four of the five people were card-carrying members of the Socialist Party. It’s not the party that I grew up with 25 years ago in this environment, and it’s not the party I can stand with anymore,” Lee began.

“The working class, or working men and women of this country, and also the small business owners are not a part of the conversation anymore. It all has to do with the elitists and it has to do with the socialists. That is not the agenda that I have in mind for this country of the future. When you’re a pro-life Democrat, a pro-gun Democrat, and you’re a very conservative person, that’s not really well known in the Democratic Party anymore. And so for me to hang on as long as I did, hoping the party would change, it didn’t, it got worse,” he said.

He added: “So, therefore, I found a new place that I can put my allegiance to and help. Once again, forget about the last eight years. It’s the next four years that predict the future.”

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In fact, Democrats continue to move so far to the Left that a new report reveals that many are switching parties and joining the GOP.

The Nevada Independent reported:

Very little change in the trend established months ago, with four times as many Dems switching to GOP in May as vice-versa. The numbers are relatively small — still in the hundreds. But more Dems also are fleeing their party and registering as indies, too, by close to 2-to-1.

Will it make a difference at all, and are some of these just getting into the GOP to vote in the major contested primaries next month? Hard to tell. But if you look at the aggregate numbers for the last quarter, you’d rather be the Rs than the Ds.

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The latest (last three months in parentheses):

Democrat to Republican: 650 (1,485)

Republican to Democrat: 174 (440)

Democrat to nonpartisan: 789 (2,067)

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Republican to nonpartisan: 429 (1,132)

NP to Democrat: 1,063 (2,122)

NP to GOP: 1,349 (2,851)

“The numbers continue to only be in the hundreds, but they are adding up in party switching — three times as many Dems switching to GOP as Repubs going to Dem again in March, via the SOS. Maybe some Dems just want to vote in the two major contested GOP primaries in June — maybe — but this is consistent for months now,” the report stated.

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More importantly, this has been a growing trend for many months.

“All major party branding problems are equal, but some are more equal than others. More than two and a half times as many Democrats have switched their voter registrations to Republicans as vice-versa during the last three months, a statistic with ominous portents for Democratic candidates,” the report found.

“The numbers since September also show that one and a half times as many Democrats switched to nonpartisan as did Republicans – numbers also reflected in how many major party voters would rather be members of “The Jedi Party” or some other minor or essentially nonexistent party,” it added.

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