According to several Florida news outlets, there has been a considerable surge in the number of voters switching political affiliation ahead of Tuesday’s primaries.
“We’ve generally been independents, but we feel our country is headed in the wrong direction,” a man named John Guarino told Fox 4. Guarino and his wife switched over to the Republican Party.
That’s the trend seen all over the state. According to the same news station, voters in many counties are going from independents to Republicans:
In Collier County, 787 people switched from Independent to Republican.
In Lee County, 1796 made the same change.
It’s not just independents; thousands of Democrats are also making the switch to the Republican Party…although some of them are doing it to vote strategically.
One Democrat – Tammy Wilkie – explained that she changed parties to make sure a certain someone did not win the nomination. “I can’t fathom Donald Trump being President. With this man, it scares me. Him in the oval office scares me a lot,” Wilkie said.
Florida isn’t the only state seeing this trend. In Pennsylvania, nearly 50,000 Democrats have switched to the Republican Party. In Massachusetts, more than 20,000 made the jump before the primaries. And while Trump is likely the biggest reason for these extraordinary numbers, it’s not solely explained by his unique appeal to blue-collar Democrats. Like Wilkie, other Democrats are switching to vote against him. Some others are switching to vote for him because they think he would be the easiest challenger for Hillary Clinton to defeat.
But clearly, the vast majority are indeed mesmerized by the most unusual Republican to ever get this close to the party’s nomination. There is even a concerted effort to get Democrats to abandon their party, headed up by two North Carolina sisters who are among Trump’s most visible fans. Lynette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, who go by the stage names Diamond and Silk, have a website called “Ditch and Switch” that encourages Democrats to consider Trump.
“For many years the Democratic Party has promoted agendas that most Americans did not agree with,” the sisters say on their site. “Our country is deeply divided, and the silent majority has been bullied into silence by political posturing and underhanded agendas that favor the few while excluding the majority.”
For years, Republican politicians have said they can’t win elections without expanding the party’s base beyond evangelicals and conservatives. Hilariously, now that they have a candidate who is actually doing what they’ve failed to do, they are falling all over themselves to take him out.
Sad, as Trump might say.