New York — both the city and the state — has long been a Democratic stronghold. But it looks like the tides may be turning.
According to Fox News, a growing number of Democrat voters in New York are jumping ship and throwing their support behind the GOP in the wake of repeated failures of leadership in the Empire State.
Fox described the voters as “disillusioned” with how the Democratic Party “handled 2020” and beyond.
Dem voters jump ship
In its report, Fox revealed that former President Donald Trump gained about 200,000 votes in New York City in 2020 compared to 2016, an increase of about 4.6%.
Meanwhile, President Joe Biden’s vote total in the city was about 3% lower than in 2020 than the Democrats’ 2016 nominee, Hillary Clinton, garnered. Still, he got enough voters on his side to win the city overall.
Fueling the decline, according to Fox, was a perception among some voters that the increasingly progressive policies imposed by Democrat leaders are actually hurting the Big Apple.
Among these voters is Dalton Blaine, who cast his ballot for Clinton in 2016 but went for Trump in 2020. Blaine explained to Fox that his change of heart was a result of the “deterioration” of New York City, as well as pandemic-related shutdowns that crippled small businesses.
Another formerly Democratic voter, who requested to remain anonymous, cited surges in violent crime and destructive protests across the city — and the fact that elected Democrats had done nothing to stop it — as what prompted him to consider Trump as an option last November.
“Republicans saved New York once”
But Fox isn’t the only outlet reporting on the apparent change in tide for New York Democrats. Local media outlet The City recently reported on a concerted and ongoing effort to convince voters registered as Republicans, independents, or members of a third party to switch to Dems.
Interestingly, the effort isn’t being led by Democrats nor is it necessarily intended to help the party. Rather, the goal is to dilute the influence of progressives by flooding the Democratic Party with moderates who will force candidates to appeal to voters across ideological boundaries.
At the same time, The City notes that while there was a massive surge of newly registered voters across the city between 2016 and 2020, the Democratic Party seemed to be lagging behind its competitors in terms of growth, seeing an increase of only around 12% in their voter rolls compared to more than 13% for Republicans and an 18% increase for unaffiliated voters and independents.
“Voters have seen firsthand the disastrous impacts that radical left policies have had on their wallets, their safety, and their quality of life,” New York State Republican Committee Chairman Nick Langworthy told Fox News. “Twenty years of Republican mayors took the city from being the murder capital of the world to the safest big city in America and a magnet for jobs and tourism. Republicans saved New York once and they will do it again.”