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GOP Trumps Democrats in Poway Voter Registration, Freshest Figures Show

City was 47 percent Republican, 24.7 percent Democrat and 23.9 percent unaffiliated on April 30.

Updated at 9:55 p.m. May 4, 2012

Poway has nearly twice as many Republicans as Democrats, according to voter registration data released this week.

Confirming the city’s conservative status ahead of the June 5 primary election, the county Registrar of Voters Office said the GOP outnumbered Democrats here 13,020 to 6,858 as of April 30.

With 27,702 registered voters, Poway has 6,623 declining to identify themselves by any party, nearly the same total as the Democrats.

The next-biggest affiliation in Poway is the American Independent Party,* with 789 members, say the figures (attached).

Then come the Libertarian Party (179) and the Green Party (100).

By percentage, the city is 47 percent Republican, 24.7 percent Democrat and 23.9 percent not listing a preference.

In 2010, the U.S. census counted 47,811 Powegians, so nearly 58 percent of the city population is eligible to vote.

The Poway Unified School District, which extends across Interstate 15 into San Diego, has 101,778 registered voters. That district has a similar breakdown—with 43,206 Republicans (42.4 percent) and 27,739 Democrats (27.2 percent).

*Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said the Libertarian Party was the third-biggest by registration in Poway. It also misreported figures for several smaller parties.

Red Rover May 05, 2012 at 10:26 PM
The American Independent Party figures in Poway and in California are distorted because research shows that most of the voters who affiliate with the old George Wallace party now do so believing they are registering as independents. Those who choose not to affiliate with a political party in California actually are classified as "declines to state". Poway's major party registration figures are unusual for California with such a high percentage of Republican voters. Up in Sonoma County a number of years ago, in the city of Cotati, the Democrats were the largest political formation, followed by the registrants of the Peace and Freedom Party, with the Republicans trailing in a distant third place. Peace and Freedom was so strong there it won three of the five city council seats. Of course, board of supervisors in each county, school boards, city council etc. are elected on a non-partisan basis.

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