120,000 More Republicans Than Democrats Registered to Vote in Florida, DeSantis says

By Lydia Nusbaum, Florida's Voice

April 27, 2022 Updated 9:25 AM ET

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April 27, 2022 Updated 9:25 A.M. ET

SPRING HILL (FLV) – Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday there are 120,000 more Republicans than Democrats registered to vote in Florida. 

“When I got elected governor, there were almost 300,000 more registered Democrats in the state of Florida than Republicans,” DeSantis said. “Today, there are over 120,000 more registered Republicans.”

In 2021, Republicans overtook Democrats in Party registration under Party Chairman and Florida State Sen. Joe Gruters.

Gruters was one of the first major figures to support former President Donald Trump. He later became the chairman of Trump’s Florida campaign. 

DeSantis spoke about the high number of Republican registered voters at a press conference Monday where the Governor signed a bill to more efficiently investigate voter fraud and election crimes.  

“We never had more Republicans in the history of the state until I became Governor,” DeSantis said. “I think people do appreciate a free state and I think they appreciate a lot of what we’ve been able to do.”

Republicans are focusing their efforts on Florida to keep the state in their favor. Well-known figures like Scott Pressler traveled to Florida to encourage people to register as Republicans. 

Pressler is now touring across Florida – 23 events in 16 counties – to register new voters. Pressler sets up at Florida gas stations where prices are high under the Biden Administration. 

Polls show DeSantis leading Democrat opponent Charlie Crist by 8.8 points and leading Democrat opponent Nikki Fried by 12.8 points.

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