Florida Republicans cut into Democrats’ registration advantage

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An election worker holds "I Voted" stickers as people drop off vote-by-mail ballots for the Nov. 3 general election at the Miami-Dade County Elections Department, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in Doral, Fla. | AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

TALLAHASSEE — A longtime voter registration edge held by Florida Democrats is down to 134,000 over Republicans, the closest margin in recent history, according to state data released Thursday.

What does it mean? Democrats have long held a significant voter registration advantage, but Republicans have worked to significantly close the gap in 2020, a positive sign for Florida Republicans and President Donald Trump, who is in a tight race against former Vice President Joe Biden.

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Some Democrats have feared the coronavirus-prompted pause on traditional door-knocking has hurt the party as the GOP continues to run a traditional get-out-the-vote operation.

“It’s late in the game now,” Florida Sen. Jason Pizzo, a Miami Democrat, told POLITICO last month. “There’s been no pushback from us, meaning that for every 100 doors that Republicans have proverbially knocked on, it’s not like they pissed people off to the point where they’ve run to the Democratic Party because they’re pissed at the GOP.”

Context: When President Barack Obama won Florida in 2012, Democrats held a 535,987 registration advantage. Democrats had a 327,428-person edge in 2016 when Trump won the state.

This is a breaking story that will be updated.

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