The Democrats have suffered yet another blow as a Louisiana state lawmaker has announced he is leaving the party to join the Republicans.
Louisiana state Rep. Jeremy LaCombe has become the latest in a recent run of Democrats who are ditching the party and switching to the GOP.
According to a report by The Advocate, a Louisiana-based newspaper, LaCombe announced he has left the Democratic Party and is registering as a Republican instead.
It was not immediately clear what prompted LaCombe’s departure.
However, he is now the second Louisiana Democrat in less than a month to switch party affiliations.
He is also the third Democrat nationwide after another state lawmaker in North Carolina did the same.
As Slay News reported last month, Louisiana state Rep. Francis Thompson gave Republicans in the state House a supermajority after he switched his party affiliation.
Thompson had served as a Democrat for 48 years when he left the party.
“The push the past several years by Democratic leadership on both the national and state level to support certain issues does not align with those values and principles that are a part of my Christian life,” Thompson said.
Earlier this month, North Carolina state Rep. Tricia Cotham gave Republicans in the state House a supermajority with her switch as well.
When Cotham formalized her party registration from Democrat to Republican, she provided GOP legislators with veto-proof control over the state’s Democrat Gov. Roy Cooper.
Cotham joined the Republican Party on April 5, noting the Democrats “has become unrecognizable” and wants to “villainize anyone who has free thoughts.”
“Tricia Cotham has been someone who is reasonable, who is moderate and we’ve been able to work with in this session,” said Republican House Rules chairman Destin Hall.
“Her principles and her views have not changed.
“What has changed is the Democratic Party in North Carolina.”
Republicans now control 72 out of a total of 120 seats in the North Carolina House of Representatives.
With LaCombe’s switch, Democrats now will only have 32 members in the 105-member Louisiana House, where there are two independents and 71 Republicans.
The switches come as President Biden faces a near-record low approval rating among key groups, including women (43% now vs. 42% low), voters ages 45+ (41% vs. 39% low), suburban voters (41% vs. 39% low), rural voters (31% vs. 30% low) and Democrats (81% vs. 78% low), according to a recent Fox News poll.
Biden’s approval among Democrat men in particular has plummeted (79% vs. 78% low).
Biden is also at a low mark of 41% approval among suburban women.
Additionally, a separate recent poll found that only a third of Americans believed Biden deserved to be re-elected in 2024.
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