According to recent data from Kentucky, Republicans have now outnumbered Democrats for the first time in history.
Although the commonwealth has long voted mostly for Republican politicians at the local and national levels in recent years, Democrats have had an edge in registered voters for nearly a century. According to new data released Friday, Republicans now have 1,612,060 registered voters while Dems have 1,609,569 registered voters.
“After a century and a half, the Lincoln birthplace has now been brought into alignment with the party of Lincoln. Today is a magnificent day for everyone in the Grand Old Party who have labored so hard to advance our goals of personal responsibility and small government,” said Kentucky’s GOP Sec. of State Michael Adams.
Both Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) were ecstatic about the news.
“We are living through a historical time in the commonwealth,” Paul added. “The majority of Kentuckians recognize that the Republican Party is the best vehicle for expressing their views.”
McConnel said he didn’t believe the GOP would ever reach this mark.
Andy Beshear, the Democratic governor of Kentucky, is the most well-known figure in state politics. He was narrowly elected in 2019 and will almost certainly face another competitive election in 2023.
“What it implies is that we must work together,” Beshear said when asked about the statistics. “We should stop fighting to move the state right or left and instead strive to move it forward. Focus on issues that truly matter – such as excellent employment, a good public education, and access to health care.”
The state House and Senate are both controlled by the GOP, with supermajorities in each. Republicans control all but one of the Commonwealth’s congressional seats.
The trend is similar to those seen in other states, with Republicans gaining ground in key regions. It was reported in December that there were more registered Republicans in Florida than Dems for the first time ever. By March, the lead had increased to 100,000 voters.
“There’s no getting around the fact that this historic victory is due to Governor Ron DeSantis,” said Florida GOP executive director Helen Aguirre Ferré. “Voters in Florida appreciate his tangible sense of liberation.”
In June, the Associated Press reported that over 1 million voters in the United States had switched their registration from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party in May 2021, prompting worry from Democratic officials.