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San Diego's Republican Identity Erodes

San Diego County’s identity as predominantly republican territory is eroding. The latest voter registration numbers show the gap between the number of red and blue voters is narrowing. KPBS reporter

San Diego's Republican Identity Erodes

San Diego County’s identity as predominantly republican territory is eroding . The latest voter registration numbers show the gap between the number of red and blue voters is narrowing. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

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Twenty three  thousand San Diegans have signed up to vote since the June Primaries. Of those new voters, ten thousand have registered as Democrats, and five thousand  as Republican. This has effectively narrowed the Republicans' lead countywide to just twenty two  thousand voters.

In the County’s unincorporated backcountry areas, voters are maintaining an overwhelmingly  solid republican lead, but in many of the county’s cities, it’s a different story. 

In the city of San Diego, for example, which accounts for almost half of all the County voters, there are now more than 240 thousand registered Democrats… that’s fifty seven  thousand more than have signed up as Republicans.

To throw an element of uncertainty into the mix, almost a quarter of those signed up to vote in the City, and a fifth of those in the County, decline to state their party affiliation.

Alison St John KPBS news

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