Over the course of the last several years, we have seen a massive shift in American politics as a sort of conservative awakening takes hold over the nation.
Accelerating just after the trending Libertarian blip of 2008 -2010, this turn toward conservative culture and ideology hit a crescendo with the election of Donald Trump and the conjuring of the MAGA Movement, whose slogan is about as succinct a conservative message as there ever was.
But now a new report tells us that this isn’t just a feeling out there in the political ether, but a legitimate and powerful electoral force.
Tens of thousands of voters who helped Democrats install President Joe Biden in the White House are now happily switching to Republicans, voter registration analysis released Monday shows.
More than one million voters across 43 states have switched to the Republican Party in the past 12 months alone, ballot intentions compiled by the Associated Press (AP) shows.
And it appears to be happening in all of the right places:
Nowhere is the switch more visible, according to AP analysis, than in suburban counties stretching across Denver to Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Cleveland.Advertisement - story continues below
The GOP is also reportedly gained ground in counties around medium-size cities such as Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Raleigh, North Carolina; Augusta, Georgia; and Des Moines, Iowa.
But with great power comes great responsibility, and the Republican Party is already in the first throes of a struggle for the throne of conservative culture, as a number of potential challengers to Donald Trump are beginning to emerge for 2024.