WASHINGTON, D.C. – According to a new report released by The Associated Press (AP), Democrats can expect to face an uphill battle in the November 2022 midterm elections due to the fact that over one million United States voters – mainly situated in the suburbs of large and medium cities – have changed their affiliation to the Republican Party over the course of the past year.
Voters that have been bearing the brunt of the current economic crisis that is plaguing the country – including skyrocketing inflation and record-breaking gas prices – as well as progressive Democrats’ continued prioritization of social justice-related issues have turned off suburbanites, many of whom voted for Joe Biden in 2020, causing them to switch sides to the GOP, the AP says.
Within the past year, approximately 1.7 million citizens have changed their party affiliation to the GOP, whereas 630,000 have gone the opposite route and changed their affiliation from Republican to Democrat, according to the report.
While this does not signal doom for Democrats in November, it is certainly a sobering reminder of the uphill battle that the party faces in retaining their slim control in both the House and Senate.
Even more moderate members of the Democratic Party, such as Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA), have been critical of both their more progressive peers and of President Joe Biden himself, complaining that their response to the current inflation – currently at a 40-year record high – has been woefully ineffective.
“I support the president’s efforts, but we need a bolder vision and faster action,” Khanna said. “To meet the moment, Mr. Biden should convene an emergency task force empowered to lower prices and address shortages. We need an all-out mobilization, not just a few ad hoc initiatives reacting to headlines.”