Amid Trump Surge, Nearly 20,000 Voters Quit Democratic Party

Nearly 20,000 Bay State Democrats have fled the party this winter, with thousands doing so to join the Republican ranks, according to the state’s top elections official.

Secretary of State William Galvin said more than 16,300 Democrats have shed their party affiliation and become independent voters since Jan. 1, while nearly 3,500 more shifted to the MassGOP ahead of tomorrow’s “Super Tuesday” presidential primary.

Galvin called both “significant” changes that dwarf similar shifts ahead of other primary votes, including in 2000, when some Democrats flocked from the party in order to cast a vote for Sen. John McCain in the GOP primary.

The primary reason? Galvin said his “guess” is simple: “The Trump phenomenon,” a reference to GOP frontrunner Donald Trump, who polls show enjoying a massive lead over rivals Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and others among Massachusetts Republican voters.

“The tenor of the Republican campaign has been completely different from what we’ve seen in prior Republican presidential campaigns,” Galvin said. “You have to look no farther than the viewership for some of the televised debates. (Read more from “Amid Trump Surge, Nearly 20,000 Voters Quit Democratic Party” HERE)

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  • Kent2012

    this is the same as when the democrapos bailed out on the Vietnamese and then the Kurds in 91 and most recently abandoning the Iraqis when kenyan boyo cast them adrift in order to concentrate on his isis command requiring his attention…

  • gracentruth

    Leaving demomarxist party — because of Mrs. Clinton or wanting to vote in Republican primary?? Isaiah 9:10

  • Dowhatsrigh

    Well even more have left the party without officially notifying the party. They have wised up and seen that this is no longer a Democratic Party. It is a Socialist Democratic party taken over by homosexuals, socialist, illegals, and welfare recipients. They see the party that once stood for the working man now taxing the working man to the limit and giving this money to the lazy bum that will not work. They see this party forcing them to buy health insurance they can not afford while giving it free to the non working bum.

  • Nels

    Finally, the Reagan Democrats have a place to go. Until Trump, there was no reason for a Reagan Democrat to leave the Dem party. After all, the Republicans were taking great care to run candidates who were indistinguishable from their Democrat co-traitors … like McStain and Feinstein.

  • James Simpson

    Massachusetts has suffered the Democrats for a long time. They know the true cost.