Big Surge, Edge for Dems in FL Registration
Today's edition of The Orlando Sun-Sentinel has a headline that should gladden the spirits of Dems: "Voter Registrations in Florida Show 'Huge Swing' Toward Democrats." Political writer Anthony Man reports that the latest tally shows 106,508 Dems added to the FL voter registration rolls from Jan-May, compared with 16,686 for Republicans.
Man quotes Broward Democratic Chairman Mitch Ceasar, "The Democratic brand has cycled back." And you gotta love his quote from Marian Johnson, political director for the Florida Chamber of Commerce -- "It's a huge swing...I looked at that and said 'wow."
Democrats may find yet more encouragement regarding their FL prospects in David Rieff's Sunday New York Times Magazine article "Will Little Havana Go Blue?," which discusses Dem gains among greater Miami's Cuban-American community. (See also our staff post below, noting that, for the first time, more FL Latinos are now registered as Dems than Republicans)
As always, there is a cautionary note. Man reports that state GOP leaders are already responding with a call for a more energetic registration campaign from their party. And of course the FL Republican establishment has never been shy about cranking up their voter suppression efforts, which will be at full tilt going forward. Hopefully, FL -- and national -- Democratic Party officials are also strengthening their voting rights legal teams.