Conservatives, who have been the target of attacks from Democrats in recent years, have been doing better with their voting habits this year than they have in decades.
As of mid-June, according to exit polls, about 40% of voters had voted Conservative in 2016, while more than 70% had voted for the party in 2016.
That number is up slightly from the 52% who had voted Republican in 2016 and roughly a third of those who had chosen to vote for a third party, according the exit polls.
The percentage of Conservative voters who have changed their minds on which party they support in 2020 is up from 20% to 30%.
But the percentage of those changing their minds from Republican to Democratic has remained relatively stable, according.
A key reason for the rise in Conservative voters is that the party has been able to keep its core support intact.
While it lost nearly a quarter of its base of voters in 2016 to President Donald Trump’s candidacy, those voters stayed home in droves, according a Politico/Morning Consult poll released this week.
Conservative voters are a significant demographic in the country and they can help determine the next president.
That’s because they can be an important voting block in midterm elections and can influence what is in the party platform.
If the GOP loses its core supporters, it could lose control of Congress and be pushed further toward the left in the midterm elections.
The GOP’s political future is in question as many of its most popular senators and House members have either switched parties or become independent.
In 2018, when Democrats won a Senate majority, some Republicans said they didn’t expect to get back to the Senate and their party to control both chambers.
If that happens again, Republican incumbents could face more challenges to their reelection bids.