Sunday, August 19, 2012

Obama Voter Registration Drives Flopping

With Bugs Bunny and Mickey Mouse disqualified from voter registration rolls, we all knew that the Democrats would be having a difficult time this year. But, not even real people are much interested in identifying themselves as Democrats.
Across Florida on Wednesday, President Obama’s campaign scheduled 53 field events to register voters. Last weekend in Virginia, there were at least 78 such events — typical of drills in the past several months on behalf of the incumbent Democrat in the battleground states that are likely to decide the Nov. 6 election.

But a Globe analysis of voter registration data in swing states reveals scant evidence that the massive undertaking is yielding much fresh support for Obama.

In stark contrast to 2008, when a strong partisan tailwind propelled Democratic voter registration to record levels, this year Republican and independent gains are far outpacing those of Democrats.


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