Republicans Flocking to Democratic Party
According to data from the state department, a significant number of Republicans in Pennsylvania have switched party affiliations this year. As of Dec. 18, a staggering 35,589 Republicans have switched to the Democratic Party, while only 15,622 Republicans have made the opposite switch. This trend, first reported by Newsweek, highlights a notable shift in the state’s political landscape.
Biden’s Strong Ties to Pennsylvania
President Joe Biden’s connection to Pennsylvania is deepening. Not only is it his home state, but his wife Jill has roots in Montgomery County, and his granddaughter Maisy recently graduated from the University. In light of this, the White House announced that Biden will be making his first visit to Philadelphia on Jan. 6. However, despite these ties, Biden’s popularity in the state appears to be waning.
Unpopularity of Bidenomics
Nathan Benefield, senior vice president of the Commonwealth Foundation, a Pennsylvania-based public policy think tank, notes that Biden’s policies, known as “Bidenomics,” have contributed to his unpopularity among voters in the state. Benefield cites polling data that suggests a discontent with these policies, which is reflected in the party registration numbers and voting patterns. Pennsylvania voters seem to be expressing their dissatisfaction with the current administration.
A Shift Among Blue-Collar Democrats
Benefield points out that a significant shift is occurring among blue-collar Democrats in Pennsylvania, particularly in the western region. Traditionally favoring Republicans in presidential elections, these voters are now registering as Republicans, indicating a change in their political allegiance. This shift is not limited to presidential elections but is also making an impact in lower-level races.
Disassociation from Party Affiliation
In addition to the surge in party switches, state voter registration data reveals a trend of voters disassociating themselves from party affiliation altogether. Both Democrats and Republicans have seen a substantial number of members leave their respective parties. Specifically, 20,908 Democrats and 18,927 Republicans have chosen to abandon their party memberships. This reflects a growing dissatisfaction with the current political landscape and a desire for change.
The Battle for Pennsylvania in 2024
Pennsylvania remains a crucial swing state, and the upcoming 2024 election is expected to be highly contested. With 19 electoral votes up for grabs, the state holds significant importance for both Democrats and Republicans. Recent surveys indicate that Biden is either neck and neck with former President Donald Trump or slightly trailing. The outcome of the election in Pennsylvania will undoubtedly have a significant impact on the overall race.
Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.