Registered Independent Voters May Soon Outnumber Republicans in California

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.

People vote at a polling station in Los Angeles in November 2016. (Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

People vote at a polling station in Los Angeles in November 2016. (Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

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.

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