The Republican Party under President Donald Trump has narrowed the voter registration gap with Democrats in North Carolina, a prime 2020 battleground.
North Carolina, which has long been an outlier in the normally conservative south, was once reliably safe for Republicans at the presidential level. Between 1976 and 2016, Democrat White House hopefuls only carried the state twice. The GOP’s dominance remained intact even as Democrats continued to find success in state and local races in North Carolina, long after much of the southern United States became inhospitable to the party in the 1990s.
Breitbart News reports:
Wayne King, a partner at Fidelis Government Relations who until recently served as a top congressional aide to now-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, told Breitbart News that in as competitive of a state as North Carolina, elections were decided, in part, on turnout.
“I think it’s going to be very difficult for [Democrats] to increase voter turnout. They were at an all-time high in 2016 in the suburbs,” he said. “Then you have urban areas that also were an all-time high in 2016, so they really have nowhere to go, in my opinion. Where do they get their voters from this time?”
King added Democrats, including former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign, seemed to be coming to the same conclusion, as evidenced by recent efforts to engage rural voters across the state.
“You’ve got Dr. Jill Biden, the former vice president’s wife, coming to North Carolina, going into rural communities,” King said. “They obviously are trying to make a play for that to expand their electorate, but they’re going to have to up their game. Rural voters are Trump voters.”
Voter registration shift since 2016. pic.twitter.com/MmAHSU88fx— Gawr Geso 🦈🦑 2020 🇺🇸🇮🇱 (@realikamusume) October 8, 2020
Trump winning voter registration battle in key states. Do you think these people are going to change their minds and vote for Biden? There seems to be somewhat of a disconnect between the polling and what’s occurring on the ground.https://t.co/rmpD1QV2i3— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) October 7, 2020
GOP‘s Voter Registration Wins in Pennsylvania Signal Close 2020 Race. Almost 260,000 new GOP voters in PA. You can thank the tireless work of people like @ScottPresler for these great numbers. Thanks Scott for keeping PA In play!https://t.co/dKJkHAAW5M via @BreitbartNews— Trevor ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@readyletsgo27) October 5, 2020
Nevada Voter Registration Update:— Burner Account (@burneract26) October 5, 2020
(Sept. 1 thru Oct. 1)
Net Gain: GOP. + 3,076
(July 1 thru Oct. 1)
Net Gain: GOP. +6,106
**Clinton won by around 27,000 in 2016
Florida Voter Registration Edge:— PollWatch (@PollWatch2020) October 10, 2020
2008: Dem edge over Rep: 694,147
Result: Obama wins by 236,148
2012: Dem edge: 558,272
Result: Obama wins by 74,309
2016: Dem edge: 330,428
Result: Trump wins by 112,991
2020: Dem edge as of 10/9: 136,294
Dems said ground game is overestimate and not really important. Please take a look to this graph showing voter registration in Miami-Dade. Look how the republican registration take off during summer. That is what ground game does. @CottoGottfried @Peoples_Pundit @Barnes_Law pic.twitter.com/tWOQWttLqP— Ferdinand Eleccionario 2020 (@frodri_023) October 10, 2020