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A new press release from the Republican Party of Florida claims that Florida Democrats are losing their voter registration edge.

The release reads:

Despite millions of dollars spent by Democrats across Florida to register voters, current trends in voter registration in the Sunshine State favor Republicans.

In January 2011 there were 580,666 more Democrats than Republicans in Florida. As of December, that number has been reduced to 502,861. In other words, over the last 12 months – a non-election year – the gap closed a total of 77,805 or about 6500 each month. 44,954 of the total voter shift has occurred in the last 3 months alone reflecting an increase in momentum.

“RPOF is working at the grassroots level to bring new voters, Democrats, and independent voters into our party,” said Chairman Lenny Curry. “We are also letting former Republicans know we want them to come back and join us to get Florida and the nation back on the path to prosperity.”

Third-party voter registration in Florida has been basically non-existent since groups have stopped their registration drives due to onerous restrictions placed on third-party groups by the state’s controversial new elections law. The League of Women Voters, one of the country’s biggest third-party registrars, pulled out of Florida as a result of the new law. Third-party groups tend to register minorities, young people, etc. at higher rates — and those groups also tend to register with the Democratic Party at higher rates.

The Republican Party is also preparing for the GOP presidential primary in the state in a few weeks, whereas Democrats may not begin registering in high numbers until the general election is closer.

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