WASHINGTON – A robust registration push by President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign has resulted in more Democrats than Republicans on the voter rolls in most battleground states, including Florida and Nevada, according to state election boards.
But Republicans have had their own registration success, narrowing the Democratic voter advantage since 2008 in many of the battlegrounds, including Iowa. And party officials say they have put more resources into persuading independent voters who are already registered to cast their ballots for Mitt Romney.
The Democratic campaign says a deeper look at the registration numbers shows an uptick in new Hispanic voters and voters under the age of 30 – voting blocs where the president has an advantage.
Obama’s registration and get-out-the-vote operations in 2008 played a crucial role in his getting elected. With the White House race tightening less than four weeks from Election Day, the Democratic campaign is banking on its organization in the battleground states to give Obama an edge.