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CAPE CORAL, Fla. – During a 40-day period from May 31 to July 9, almost no one in Lee County registered to vote Democratic.

Fox 4 analyzed the numbers and found the following for this period:

  • 1,397 people are registered as Republicans
  • 622 people registered as “Other” or “No party affiliation”
  • 29 people registered as Democrat

These numbers are well above the Republicans’ roughly 2-to-1 lead over Democrats in the total number of registered voters in Lee County.
“If a Democrat got 40% of the vote in a local election in Lee County or Collier County, people would sit up and take notice,” Bergerson said.

I have reached out to the Lee County Democratic Party, who referred me to the State Democratic Party for comment on the voter count discrepancy, but have not yet received a response.

Bergerson says the county has always been predominantly Republican and that registered Democrats had a chance in Lee County local elections 30 years ago, but today the chance of a registered Democrat winning a local seat is zero.

Bergerson says there are many factors at play; no state income tax and Covid are two of the main reasons.

“The economic status of the people who come here is usually middle class or upper middle class or even higher. Consequently, they are the ones who are concerned about the tax situation here and this is clearly an advantage for them,” Bergerson said.

We asked Bergerson if President Joe Biden’s performance in the first presidential debate could have played a role in registration numbers in Lee County. He said it’s possible, but also pointed to the number of people who registered “Other” or “No Party Affiliation.” He believes those voters could play a big role statewide in November.

“In this area, most will vote Republican, but that’s true across the state… We’ll see,” Bergerson said.

To register or change your party affiliation, the primary election deadline is July 22.