By Albert N. Milliron, Managing Editor
With Gridlock in DC, The Burger King President, Energy jobs on ice, Fast and Furious, Green Jobs flops, and Foreign Policy in Shambles has cost the Presidents party a mass exodus to independents or the GOP in Key Swing States they President must win to secure the 2012 presidency.
A move of just a few percentage points can have devastating consequences on the Democratic party as a whole. We learned just today that the DNCC has made ad buys in states that were well within the Democrats reach just two years ago.
ABC News has the full story
President Obama’s uphill battle to re-election is getting steeper.
A report released today by the centrist think-tank Third Way showed that more than 825,000 voters in eight key battleground states have fled the Democratic Party since Obama won election in 2008.
“The numbers show that Democrats’ path to victory just got harder,” said Lanae Erickson, the report’s co-author. “We are seeing both an increase in independents and a decrease in Democrats and that means the coalition they have to assemble is going to rely even more on independents in 2012 than it did in 2008.”
Amid frustrating partisan gridlock and unprecedentedly low party-approval ratings, the number of voters registering under a major party is falling fast, but it is also falling disproportionately.
In eight states that will be must-wins in 2012 – Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina and Pennsylvania – Democrats lost 5.4 percent of their registered voters while Republicans lost 3.1 percent. The number of independent voters in those states jumped 3.4 percent.