Kentucky GOP celebrates more registered Republicans in state than Democrats

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Published: Jul. 21, 2022 at 3:49 PM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - The Kentucky Republican Party celebrated a milestone Thursday morning.

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Republicans now outnumber Democrats by more than 2,400, according to figures released recently by the State Board of Elections.

The GOP has been growing in Kentucky in the last few years, and Republican leaders said this clearly points to Kentucky as being a red state.

To put it into context, they said when Senator Mitch McConnell was elected in 1984 the state only had about 500,000 registered Republicans.

Republican registrations have been climbing gradually over the past dozen years Republicans have pointed to the leadership of McConnell leading the way, but said, ultimately, it was the people of Kentucky saying they wanted a change.

“This isn’t about R and D, it is about the people of Kentucky standing up and saying, ‘not only do we want something different, we are something different,’” said Rep. David Osborne, R-Kentucky House Speaker.

It is also interesting to note that, while Republican registrations have been climbing steadily since about 2008 or 2009, Democratic registrations have remained flat or about the same.

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