(DCWatchdog.com) – In a nightmare for President Joe Biden and the Democratic Party, voters in the critical battleground state of Pennsylvania are abandoning the left and switching to the GOP, according to data from the Pennsylvania Department of State.
Democratic constituents in Pennsylvania, a pivotal state in presidential elections, are increasingly affiliating with the Republican Party as the 2024 election approaches.
Pennsylvania, known for predicting the victor in the last four presidential races, has witnessed over 35,000 Democratic voters switch to the Republican Party this year, as per data from December 18 released by the state’s Department of State, cited by The Daily Caller.
In contrast, 2023 saw only 15,622 Republican voters in the state changing their allegiance to the Democratic Party.
The same state data reveals that approximately 20,900 Democrats and 18,900 Republicans have disaffiliated from both major parties.
In the 2016 election, Pennsylvania marginally favored former President Donald Trump, who won against Hillary Clinton by less than a single percentage point.
However, the state returned to the Democratic fold in 2020, with Joe Biden securing a win with 50% of the vote compared to Trump’s 48.8%.
Current projections by RealClearPolitics for a hypothetical rematch in 2024 between Trump and Biden in Pennsylvania indicate Trump leading by one point.
Trump is also ahead in other key battleground states, including Georgia, Arizona, Nevada, and Michigan.
Additionally, Pennsylvania’s upcoming Senate race is essential, with Democratic Senator Bob Casey seeking reelection.
He is likely to contend against Republican David McCormick for a seat currently categorized as “Lean D” by The Cook Political Report.
Recent surveys generally show Casey, who has been in office since 2007, maintaining a lead in the race, with a margin ranging from six to 15 points, based on a compilation of polls by FiveThirtyEight.
“Current voter registration trends and polling in Pennsylvania should be setting off alarms for President Biden and Democrats at the state and national level,” commented Erik Telford, the senior vice president of public affairs at the Commonwealth Foundation.
Despite these shifts, Pennsylvania still has nearly half a million more Democratic than Republican voters as we head toward 2024, according to state data.