In the midstate, the GOP is gaining far more registered voters than Dems.

Written by Ben Allen and Radio Pennsylvania | Mar 29, 2016 1:01 PM

(Harrisburg) -- The GOP is making bigger gains than the Democratic Party when it comes to registered voters in the midstate.

More than 27,000 registered voters jumped to the GOP this year among the counties in WITF's listening area.

That's compared to the 17,000 registered voters who went over to the Democratic party, according to the latest numbers from the state.

Republicans have an advantage over Democrats among new voters as well -- although it's much smaller.

It's unclear what's prompting the shift, though some have pointed to Donald Trump's highly polarizing campaign.

Franklin and Marshall political science professor Terry Madonna says Republicans may be getting more people to join the party, but it doesn't mean those voters will actually vote.

"We're gonna have to wait and see which party's voters are energized. Yeah, Republicans are more energized now, there is no doubt about that. But we can't be sure at this point that that will be a factor in the fall," says Madonna.

Democrats still hold an commanding registration advantage statewide of nearly one million voters.

The state's primary is April 26th.

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