- The Washington Times - Monday, October 31, 2022

Newly registered Republicans outnumber Democrats 9-to-1 in Florida ahead of the midterm elections, spelling trouble for President Biden’s party in key races.

Florida has 5.28 million registered Republicans ahead of the Nov. 8 contest, an increase of 86,376 from the number of Republicans registered at the time of the August primary, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

By contrast, Democrats have 4.97 million registered voters, an uptick of 9,380.

The trend is good news for the GOP in the swing state, which has been looking more solidly red of late. Former President Donald Trump, who permanently moved from New York to Florida, put the state solidly in his column in 2016 and 2020.

During this cycle, Gov. Ron DeSantis is leading Democratic challenger Charlie Crist by double digits in polling averages, signaling an easy victory.

Mr. Crist says Mr. DeSantis won’t commit to a full second term and will be distracted by presidential ambitions in 2024.

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Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican, also holds an 8-percentage-point lead over Rep. Val Demings, his Democratic challenger in the Real Clear Politics polling average.

• Tom Howell Jr. can be reached at thowell@washingtontimes.com.

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