Based on an analysis of voter data in Pinellas County comparing voter party registration at the start of the 2008 presidential primary to the same period in 2012, the number of Republicans has declined by 11,356 voters, while the number of registered Democrats has stayed relatively the same, with a loss of just 1,365 voters.
In 2008, Republicans held an advantage of 3,572 voters over Democrats in Pinellas but now Democrats have a 6,419 voter edge.
In the 2008 and 2010 elections, Democrats lost several elected offices in Pinellas, despite gaining a voter registration advantage. Will this continue in 2012 or will reverse this trend?
Look at the numbers:
2008 – Pres Pref. Rep: 230,434
2008 – Pres Pref. Dem: 226,862
That’s a difference of +3,572 Republicans (source here.)
2012 – Pres. Pref. Rep: 219,078
2012 – Pres. Pref. Dem: 225,497
That’s a difference of +6,419 Democrats according to votepinellas.com as of December 30, 2011.
The voter registration deadline for the Presidential Preference Election is January 3, 2012.