GOP And California
Goes Down The Drain
- Republican voter registration is in free fall. The party is not even running a candidate for U.S. Senate and its highest ranking candidate for Governor get a pitiful 8% in the polls.
(Los Angeles Times) - As the June 5 primary election approaches, Democrats still dominate California's voting rolls and the percentage of independent voters continues to rise, according to new figures provided by the secretary of state's office.
Just shy of a quarter of the state's voters now forgo any party label, registering as "no party preference," a slight increase from last year. If the trend continues, as expected, California's pool of independent voters could soon surpass the number of Republicans in the state.
Democrats account for 45% of California's registered voters, giving the party a 19 percentage point advantage over the GOP, the state registration figures show.
The Democratic Party's slice of the electorate in non-presidential election cycles has remained relatively stagnant for two decades, while the Republican Party's registration slipped by 10 percentage points.
The percentage of independents, meanwhile, has more than doubled since 1997.
Paul Mitchell, who runs the data firm Political Data Inc., said California could have more independent voters than Republicans by the November general election.
Voter registration trends for Democrats, while better, are not exactly rosy. Mitchell said more and more millennials, college students, young Latinos and Asian Americans are registering as independents.
"Democrats are celebrating Republicans losing registration. But they should be mourning," Mitchell said. "This new registrant population looks like Democrats but they are registering as independents."
Democrats continue to hold a firm grasp on most of Southern California, though the region has a fair number of Republican pockets.
Democrats dominate the electorate in Los Angeles County — home to 1 out of 5 voters in the state — and hold majorities in Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Imperial and Ventura counties.
Republicans hold only Orange County, home to four Republican-held congressional districts won by Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. Democrats hope to wrest most of them from GOP control, a pivotal piece of the party's strategy to win back control of the House in November.
Republicans have a 3-percentage-point advantage over the Democrats in Orange County. Ten years ago, the GOP had a 10-percentage-point advantage.
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