In Pennsylvania - an important swing state - thousands have quit the GOP since the US Capitol riot




  • In Politics
  • 2021-02-22 23:16:27Z
  • By Business Insider
GettyImages 1145318101
GettyImages 1145318101  
  • Almost 19,000 people have quit the Pennsylvania GOP this year, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

  • Nearly twice as many Republicans have become Democrats as compared to vice versa.

  • That is a marked shift from previous years.

  • Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories.

Thousands of people have quit the Republican Party in Pennsylvania since the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Monday.

Of the 30,000 Pennsylvanians who have changed their party registration, nearly two-thirds - 19,000 - have been Republicans. Most have elected to become independents, but nearly 29% of party changes been members of the GOP switching their affiliation to Democrat, a reversal from the years 2008 to 2020. By contrast, just 14.5% of registration changes have been Democrats switching over to the Republican Party.

"Many Republicans are aggrieved and embarrassed by the angry mob that stormed the US Capitol," Kimberly S. Adams, a political science professor at East Stroudsburg University, told the Inquirer.

Pennsylvania is a crucial battleground state. Since 2008, the winner has gone on to the White House, Donald Trump flipping it in 2016 and Joe Biden flipping it back in 2020.

One effect could be shifting the Pennsylvania GOP, which largely backed Donald Trump's false claims of election fraud, even further to the right. A leading figure in the party, state Sen. Doug Mastriano, for example, helped bus people from Pennsylvania to DC on the day of the US Capitol riot; a possible candidate for governor in 2022, he has campaigned against mask mandates and recently introduced legislation that seeks to prohibit mandatory vaccination.

Not all who have quit the party are necessarily opposed to Trump and his brand of politics, however. According to a report earlier this year, the former president is toying with the idea of launching a party of his own, which could attract support from Republicans who think the GOP - typified by US Sen. Pat Toomey, a conservative Republican who backed impeachment - did not go far enough in supporting efforts to overturn President Biden's victory.

Have a news tip? Email this reporter: cdavis@insider.com

COMMENTS

More Related News

Police bolster security at US Capitol as QAnon theory claims Trump will become president March 4
Police bolster security at US Capitol as QAnon theory claims Trump will become president March 4

It's unclear how many QAnon supporters support the March 4 inauguration theory and whether there will be any violence that day in Washington, D.C.

Crisis-hit New York Governor Cuomo faces loss of pandemic emergency powers
Crisis-hit New York Governor Cuomo faces loss of pandemic emergency powers
  • US
  • 2021-03-03 01:02:11Z

The New York legislature plans to strip Governor Andrew Cuomo of coronavirus emergency powers, lawmakers said on Tuesday, following admissions the governor's...

Trump endorses SC
Trump endorses SC's Tim Scott in 2022 Senate reelection bid
  • US
  • 2021-03-03 00:50:15Z

Former President Donald Trump endorsed U.S. Sen. Tim Scott's 2022 reelection bid Tuesday, continuing to make clear his intent to remain a dominant force in...

U.S. House panel reissues subpoena for Trump
U.S. House panel reissues subpoena for Trump's tax records
  • US
  • 2021-03-03 00:39:22Z

A U.S. House of Representatives panel has reissued a subpoena seeking Donald Trump's tax and financial records, saying in a memo made public on Tuesday it...

Biden
Biden's Cabinet half-empty after slow start in confirmations

President Joe Biden's Cabinet is taking shape at the slowest pace of any in modern history, with just over a dozen nominees for top posts confirmed more than...

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: Politics