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Republican voter registration continues to erode in California

Election clerk Katie Hogge carries sorted vote-by-mail ballots at the Sacramento County Voter Registration and Elections office in November 2010.
Election clerk Katie Hogge carries sorted vote-by-mail ballots at the Sacramento County Voter Registration and Elections office in November 2010. aalfaro@sacbee.com

Republicans’ voter registration ranks continue to slip, with no-party preference voters now outnumbering Republicans in 13 counties and more than a third of the state’s cities, state numbers released this week show.

Since last fall, independent voters have overtaken Republicans in Humboldt County and in Burbank, Dublin and several other cities. No-party preference voters outnumber GOP registrants in 172 cities, according to Monday’s report from the Secretary of State’s Office.

Independent voters outnumber Democrats in 14 cities, but not in any county, the records show.

As of Feb. 20, Republicans made up 27.98 percent of the electorate, down a percentage point since February 2013. Republicans are the dominant party affiliation in 31 counties and 167 cities, including Bakersfield, Santa Clarita and Huntington Beach.

Democratic registration declined from 43.93 percent to 43.15 percent during those two years. Democrats are the leading affiliation in 27 counties and 311 cities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego.

Independent registration, meanwhile, continues to grow, from almost 21 percent to 23.57 percent. Some of the highest rates are in parts of the Silicon Valley, where independent registration rates top one-third of voters.

This week’s numbers highlight the city-vs.-country nature of the state’s political landscape. Almost 85 percent of Democratic voters live in the state’s cities, compared to about 78 percent of Republicans.

Check out this interactive look at “California's most conservative and liberal cities” from last summer.

Call Jim Miller, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 326-5521. Follow him on Twitter @jimmiller2.

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