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Surge in voter registration puts Democrats ahead of Republicans in Franklin County

10TV compared voting numbers during this year’s presidential election to those of 2016.
Credit: AP Photo/John Minchillo
A voter casts his ballot into an electronic voting machine at a polling station located in the Taft Information Technology High School, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Cincinnati.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Democrats in Franklin County are registering at a higher rate than those of Republicans, according to numbers provided by the Franklin County Board of Elections.

10TV compared voting numbers during this year’s presidential election to those of 2016.

During the 2016 Presidential Election there 811,796 total voters in Franklin County. Among those voters, 161,601 were Democrat and 167,557 were Republican.

Compare those numbers so far in 2020 and the contrast is dramatic.

So far, 156,588 people have registered as Democrat compared to 70,666 people who have registered Republican.

According to an NPR analysis of how the election could turn out, it found there are there are eight states that are toss-ups: Florida (29 electoral votes), Pennsylvania (20), Ohio (18), North Carolina (15), Arizona (11), Wisconsin (10), Nevada (6) and New Hampshire (4).

It's notable that Joe Biden is in the lead in all of these places by less than 5 points in recent polls, except North Carolina, where Donald Trump has a slight polling advantage.

Trump needs to win 73% of the toss-ups to win reelection. That's not impossible. Trump ran the board in these states in 2016, winning 91% of their electoral votes and losing two of these states, Nevada and New Hampshire.

Biden's presidential campaign announced Thursday it is launching a five-week, $15 million advertising blitz in six battleground states, its first major advertising effort for the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee of the general election.

According to the campaign, the television and digital ads will run in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, North Carolina, Florida, and Arizona — all states won by President Trump in 2016. There will also be a national cable component including Fox News.