Out pouring of love for Obama.. Democrat registrations are down in key states

iamnothere 2012/08/16 11:40:04
Dem registration down in key states

8/15/12 politico
A new report on voter registration trends finds that Democratic voter registration is down by more than 800,000 since 2008 in eight key battleground states.

GOP registration has also declined — but by only 79,000, a tenth of the Democrats’ losses.

Meanwhile, registered independents are on the rise, increasing their numbers in those states by nearly half-a-million.

The analysis, conducted by centrist Democratic think tank Third Way and appearing first in POLITICO, points to the critical role independent voters will play in determining the presidential outcome in some of the most competitive states on the 2012 map — Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

The biggest independent gains came in North Carolina, the site of the Democratic National Convention this year and a state that was decided by less 15,000 votes in 2008. While both major parties lost ground there in the four years since then, Democrats have been especially hard hit: Registration fell by 116,662 (–4.1 percent), compared to a GOP decline of 13,017 (­­­-0.7%).

The real story, however, is the spike in independent voter registration. The number of independents grew by 207,173 (14.4 percent), meaning they now compose a quarter of North Carolina’s registered voters. In the state’s two largest counties, Charlotte’s Mecklenberg County and Raleigh’s Wake County, independent registration increased by nearly 11 percent and 17 percent, respectively, since 2008.

Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico have also posted double-digit percentage gains in the number of independent voters since the last presidential election.

Florida’s Democratic voter erosion outpaced North Carolina, with Democratic registration declining by 235,000 (–4.9 percent). The number of Republicans essentially remained static with a gain of 19,000 voters (0.5 percent). Independents, on the other hand, grew by 8.2 percent.

What’s most interesting about the Florida data is where the independents’ growth is taking place — among Hispanics. The state has seen a surge in the percentage of Hispanic voters over the past four years — 14.4 percent — and, according to the Third Way report, “nearly as many Hispanic voters have registered as independents as have registered as Democrats or Republicans combined.”

Florida is one of 6 of the 8 states — the others are Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina and Pennsylvania — where independent registration outpaced both Democratic and Republican registration since 2008.

While the study’s findings will be disturbing to Democrats — party registration declined by 5.2 percent overall in the 8 battleground states — the news isn’t all that promising for the GOP either. Republican registration declined by 0.7 percent in those states over the past four years, despite a competitive presidential primary in 2012.

All of it suggests that independent voters are poised to be an essential constituency this year in a presidential election that shows every sign of being a nailbiter.
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  • Dar 2012/08/16 11:46:12
    I'm not surprised by this. I'd like to think at least half the people who voted for Obama in 08 are waking up and acknowledging what a dismal failure as a President Obama has been.

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  • Erok 2012/08/20 08:55:33
    I hope this works out I was looking at some other info that said Obama was ahead of Romney by a close margin 50 to 48 but he had a big lead in the electoral college.....I have a sinking feeling that the majority vote will be for Romney but somehow this sad POTUS we currently have may get re-elected and then we are doomed.....I can't wait until it's over and I pray we don't get 4 more of this garbage.
  • Quazimoto 2012/08/18 22:41:40
    People are finally starting to wake up and see who this imposter really is.
  • iamnothere Quazimoto 2012/08/20 07:14:56
    hopefully more take it to heart and vote his sorry ass out of office
  • bpf 2012/08/17 03:33:41
    Simple!! People have realized that it wasn't Hope & Change but just the same old Chicago Dirty Politics that O-Bom-Bo was pushing.
  • Borat Obama 2012/08/17 01:37:28
    Borat Obama
    What's new. King Odumba is in a panic that he is in all out wasting our tax dollars. The next president will need to shrink the US Debt. If King Odumba wins. He plans another $5 trillion added to the US Debt. Everyones taxes will increase not decrease. King Odumba lies when he says he will cut our taxes.
  • Catnip "Guru" ∞ 2012/08/16 22:35:31
    Catnip "Guru" ∞
    Theycan always hit up the cemetaries.
  • woodstock 2012/08/16 21:59:29
    Oh no the love for Obama is down, down, down in key states and that makes me up,up,up. Hope springs eternal.
  • hasher 2012/08/16 18:36:13
    in the swing states romney and ryan are up by 9%
  • Stan Kapusta 2012/08/16 17:38:28
    Stan Kapusta
    Alot of people are looking at the whole big enchalada. It's bigger than what is presented. The deals with the U.N. and long term trade deals are coming forward. Ignoring the constitution, setting up czars to bypass congress. Along with unempolyment etc. Not a good picture.
  • Sista Nunya 2012/08/16 16:36:56
  • Diane Spraggs Yates 2012/08/16 16:34:03 (edited)
    Diane Spraggs Yates
    Mickey and Donald have not signed up????? Or the Dead people???? Voters remorse ??ACORN __What did they change their name to Now?
  • Semper Fi 2012/08/16 15:18:42
    Semper Fi
    There is a potential for a landslide in November.
  • Kane Fernau 2012/08/16 14:53:40
    Kane Fernau
    Fence sitters
  • SiliconSorcerer 2012/08/16 14:15:21
    That's why they are pushing the amnesty.
  • susan 2012/08/16 14:02:35
    Both parties have alienated voters by going to the extremist positions in their parties. Add that to the destruction of the US economy by the Obama administration, and it's not surprising that the voters are turned off.
    Just hope there are enough of the thinking ones to get Obama out of office in November.
  • GoodEncounter 2012/08/16 13:18:15
    Voter registration doesn't matter. They'll have their share of bogus votes because they're not willing to do everything they can to prevent voter fraud.
  • iamnothere GoodEnc... 2012/08/16 17:17:39
    that judicial ruling yesterday will help a great deal.. unlike the DOJ who desires fraud.. the judge said.. yes it is just fine to request a photo id
  • GoodEnc... iamnothere 2012/08/17 00:00:59
    Amen! Thank you!!!
  • Bob DiN 2012/08/16 12:59:38
    Bob DiN
    The bloom is off the rose with Obama. Some who were under his spell in 2008 have come to realize his a phony lying Marxist.
  • Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA 2012/08/16 11:59:58
    Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA
    Must be some who are not socialist Democrats.
  • mrdog 2012/08/16 11:58:41
    Well maybe Democrats have had a enough already.... Obama Plan A failed.... and he wants four more years for Plan B.... what was Plan A and what will be Plan B..? bark
  • Bob DiN mrdog 2012/08/16 13:00:57
    Bob DiN
    He had no plans just a Marxist vision.
  • mrdog Bob DiN 2012/08/16 13:03:31
    Forward in 2013....got it...bark
  • Bob DiN mrdog 2012/08/16 13:04:47
    Bob DiN
    Forward right off the cliff.
  • mrdog Bob DiN 2012/08/16 13:09:12
    From the ditch (Obama) to the cliff.... got it...
    voters better pay attention to the issues this time....bark
  • Bob DiN mrdog 2012/08/16 13:14:23
    Bob DiN
    They maybe starting to wake up.
  • Dar 2012/08/16 11:46:12
    I'm not surprised by this. I'd like to think at least half the people who voted for Obama in 08 are waking up and acknowledging what a dismal failure as a President Obama has been.
  • iamnothere Dar 2012/08/16 11:48:50
    thought it very telling as 41% of the youth vote has already indicated that they dont like the obama outcomes with the economy
  • Dar iamnothere 2012/08/16 12:11:52
    Under Obama, the future let alone the present state of the economy does not bode well for young people.
  • Kat ♪ ~ ♪ 2012/08/16 11:41:21
    Kat ♪ ~ ♪
    Good, maybe some are getting it.
  • Diane S... Kat ♪ ~ ♪ 2012/08/16 16:39:32
    Diane Spraggs Yates
    Now the country is near the point, where there is no more money to buy votes and goodies will eventually be taken away rather than increased. This condition has serious implications for both political parties, but especially for the Democrats. The Democratic Party now exists and survives for one simple reason -- making dependency more attractive. It has become the party of plunder, taking from the productive and giving to the unproductive in an attempt to buy enough votes to remain relevant.
    The man they trusted to "fundamentally transform America" is on the verge of being unelected.

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