Democrats said they were focused on garnering existing voters rather than registering new ones, but pointed to data from Democratic polling firm Targartmart, which reported that Democrats vote for Republicans of newly registered voters in Pennsylvania Was more likely to do.
Brendan Welch, a spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, said Republicans’ gains can be traced to voters who previously registered as Democrats, but who had voted Republican for years, citing Republican registration That Mr. Trump did in 2016.
“Most people are people like this, who have been registered Democrats since the days of Jimmy Carter vs. Gerald Ford, but have been voting Republican since the days of George Bush vs. Al Gore,” Mr. Welch said.
A similar dynamic may be at work in North Carolina, where Republicans have narrowed the gap in registration. Records show Democrats lost 136,000 voters since 2016, while Republicans gained 100,000, although Democrats still lead the overall registration by 400,000 with 2.6 million Democrats and 2.2 million Republicans.
Democrats’ overall loss in the state stems from 2019 dysfunctional voters who dissatisfied Democrats, said J. Michael Bitzer, a professor of political science at Catawba College in North Carolina. Some 235,000 Democrats and 146,000 Republicans were removed from the roll.
Since 2016, Drs. Democrats have shown benefit by another metric – the number of newly registered voters in the state, Bitzer said.
“The national narrative of taking only the net number of registered Democrats and Republicans in this state acknowledges the fact that among newly registered voters, Democrats have, overall, held their own against Republicans,” he said.