Republican voter registration is surging in Florida narrowing a historical Democratic advantage in the swing state ahead of the Nov. 3 election.
In August, Republicans added a GOP record of about 58,000 new voters, Politico reported, or 41 percent more than new Democrats in Florida.
“Florida looking good!” Trump tweeted Thursday morning after the story published.
Polls suggest that Trump dramatically increased his support among Florida Latinos as he denounces Latin American socialism, but he’s at risk of a dramatic loss of support among senior citizens amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Trump will host a rally in Jacksonville, Florida, on Thursday night before spending the night at his Trump National Doral Miami resort.
Republicans attribute the GOP success at voter registration to a door-knocking operation as Biden supporters avoid in-person contacts due to the pandemic.
Trump’s Florida campaign director Susie Wiles 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.”
Democrats now have a registration advantage of fewer than 200,000 voters in Florida, and some Democrats are frustrated.
Miami Democratic state Sen. Jason Pizzo told Politico, “There’s been no pushback from us, meaning that for every 100 doors that Republicans have proverbially knocked on, it’s not like they pissed people off to the point where they’ve run to the Democratic Party because they’re pissed at the GOP. It’s shown to be effective.”
The Trump campaign is utilizing a door-knocking strategy in other swing states, hoping to out-hustle Biden, who routinely calls an early-morning “lid” for press, meaning no live events are expected, as Trump addresses multiple large rallies each week.
Trump’s campaign and the Republican National Committee said this month they made contact with 100 million voters through door knocking and phone banking.