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County Sets Record for Registered Voters; Poway Still GOP Stronghold

Democrats hold an edge in the number of registered voters in the county.

Setting a record for registered voters, San Diego County will have about 19,000 more Democrats eligible to vote in the presidential election than Republicans, according to final figures released Tuesday.

The county Registrar of Voters Office says the county had 551,931 Democrats and 532,585 Republicans as of Oct. 30, although many voting districts are safe for one party or the other.

Poway qualifies as one of those districts, with 13,461 registered Republicans versus 7,246 registered Democrats.

County Republican Party Chairman Tony Krvaric, contacted for comment, replied: “At this point it’s all about GET-OUT-THE-VOTE and we have a massive deployment this weekend and through Election Day.”

With 1.56 million voters—including a flood of 85,000 new voters since Sept. 30—the county broke the previous record for registered voters of 1.51 million set in November 2004. 

Meanwhile, the city of Del Mar revealed a rare tie: The final count before the Nov. 6 election shows exactly 1,106 Republicans and 1,106 Democrats eligible to vote—out of a total electorate of 3,202.

In the closely watched 52nd Congressional District—pitting GOP incumbent Brian Bilbray against Democrat Scott Peters—the finally voter tally shows 137,371 Republicans to 130,262 Democrats. But the district of 398,623 voters includes 111,281 not stating a party preference and 19,709 spread among minor parties.

The city of San Diego had a Democratic majority of 272,636 to 183,876 Republicans and 186,737 with no party listed.

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