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President Donald Trump’s bold drive to recruit more voters in Florida via direct door-to-door canvassing appears to be working.
Unlike Democrat candidate Joe Biden, who’s been urging campaign workers “to refrain from door-to-door canvassing or holding voter registration drives due to the potential spread of the coronavirus,” according to Politico, the president has urged his army onward — and the results seem to speak for themselves.
“In August, Republicans added a party record of almost 58,000 new voters — a 91 percent increase compared to August 2016,” Politico has confirmed.
“The number of new Republicans added in August is 41 percent more than the number of new Democrats who registered. Democratic registration, meanwhile, was 6 percent lower than the total racked up in August 2016.”
According to Trump’s Florida campaign director, Susie Wiles, it sounds like Democrats deserve some of the credit.
“We did it through the mail, but the main way we had success was at the doors. And because the Democrats aren’t meeting people at their doors like our campaign is doing, we are having great success,” she told Politico.
“We’ve turned our focus to voter registration in a more meaningful way than before. Everyone said you can’t do it — get the gap between Republicans and Democrats to such a small number. Well, you can do it.”
These numbers bode exceptionally well for the president going into the November race. During the 2016 election, Democrats reportedly boasted a 327,000 voter-registration edge over Republicans, yet Trump still came out on top by 1.2 percentage points.
“Now the GOP has reduced that Democratic advantage by 44 percent,” according to Politico, suggesting the president is on track to win Florida with an even higher margin this year, in part because of his successful outreach efforts.
But it’s not just his voter outreach efforts that are engendering a difference — so are the president’s direct overtures to Florida’s large Hispanic community.
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An NBC News/Marist poll published earlier this month found Trump leading 50-46 among Hispanics in Florida, while a survey by Bendixen & Amandi International and The Miami Herald similarly found him leading 47-46.
These numbers are a complete reversal of what was seen in exit polls during the 2016 presidential election. Those polls showed that 62 percent of Hispanics voted for then-Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton, while only 35 percent voted for Trump.
Ryan Tyson, a Republican pollster and strategist, “found that 119,000 more Democratic voters have switched their registration to Republican or independent than Republicans Party switchers since 2016,” according to Politico.
“When we manage to get 57,000 new registrants in a month, It’s historic. And a lot of that is just organic. Something’s in the water and with 41 days out of the election, we find ourselves beating the Democrats at their own game,” he said to the outlet.
Biden’s campaign meanwhile continues to sputter and stall.
“The campaign at one point solicited proposals from third-party groups in some states to do canvassing on its behalf, but so far it hasn’t felt the need to move forward with the idea, according to two sources familiar with the request for proposal,” Politico reported.
Why? Because of continued fears over the coronavirus pandemic.
“Since COVID, we have focused on vote-by-mail enrollment and digital efforts, while Republicans continue to knock on doors, often without masks, not caring for the health and safety of our community,” Ryan Hurst, a spokesperson for one Democrat outreach group, snidely said to Politico.
“We have to take into consideration our outreach to traditionally underrepresented communities with how COVID has disproportionately impacted communities of color and Latino communities who are struggling right now.”
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Hurst works with Forward Florida, a political committee launched by disgraced former Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum.
Though Gillum had vowed to register up to 1 million voters through his PAC, “the initiative was slow to get up and running, and he then left public life after he was found earlier this year in a hotel room with an escort who overdosed,” according to Politico.
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Democrats have also been stymied in their hopes to register hundreds of thousands of convicted former felons thanks to legislation passed by Gov. Ron DeSantis that forces said felons to pay off their court fees before they may vote.
However, billionaire Michael Bloomberg has tried to get around this prohibition by raising money on behalf of the felons — a move so shady that Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody has called for a full-thronged investigation.
Despite all the obstacles in their way, Democrats remain confident in part because of their so-called “robust advantage in mail-in ballots,” as noted by Politico.
“The reality is Democrats have amassed an overwhelming vote by mail advantage and turned out in historic numbers for the primary election in August,” Biden’s Florida communications director, Carlie Waibel, said to the outlet.
“That momentum, coupled with our voter registration advantage this cycle, prove Democrats here are fired up and ready to make Trump a one-term president.”
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