Swing states are the topic of the day for many political pundits right now, and the US certainly has no shortage of media people in front of a camera, eager to weigh in with predictions. Polls again favor one candidate, but those polls can easily come apart in Florida once the real swing vote is counted.
Consider a breakdown of voter registrations in the Sunshine State.
In Florida, as of August 31, 2020, there were 5,020,199 registered Republican voters.
As of the same date in Florida, there were 5,203,795 registered Democrats.
Those numbers are fairly close.
The surprise number is what I’m calling the swing vote.
As of that same date, there were a whopping 3,653,046 No Party Affiliation (NPA) voters registered in the Sunshine State.
The Palm Beach Post posted an article this morning about turnout in Florida. Once again, my adopted home state is considered a swing state.
By mid-October, data indicated 26 percent of registered voters in Florida are NPAs. That’s a whopping percentage, and numbers reflect a small increase since 2016.
As media line up on each side of the aisle ahead of Election Day, bear in mind that in the so-called ‘swing state’ of Florida, the greatest influencer will be the result of those millions of votes cast by NPAs. How will those votes break? No one really knows.
As social media and most legacy media censor and curate news to favor a candidate, be aware this is customary political hype ahead of a major election. What few are really talking about is the real silent majority, at least in Florida, where millions of non-party-affiliate voters hold the power to decide who takes the Sunshine State in the race for the White House.
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(Kay B. Day/Nov. 2, 2020)