It’s just no fun being a Democrat anymore:
A new report on voter registration trends finds that Democratic voter registration is down by more than 800,000 since 2008 in 8 key battleground states. GOP registration has also declined – but by only 79,000, a tenth of the Democrats’ losses.
Meanwhile, registered independents are on the rise, increasing their numbers in those states by nearly half-a-million.
The analysis, conducted by centrist Democratic think tank Third Way and appearing first in Politico, points to the critical role independent voters will play in determining the presidential outcome in some of the most competitive states on the 2012 map: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
That reads like a who’s who list of states President Obama would really like to win again. And that is “again.” People are dropping the Ds from their names in swing states Obama won by comfortable margins just four years ago.