SAN DIEGO COUNTY TURNS BLUE:  MORE REGISTERED DEMOCRATS THAN REPUBLICANS, REGISTRAR REPORTS

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Democratic voter registration volunteers cheer as Party
Chair Jess Durfee announces San Diego County now has more registered Democrats
than Republicans.

NOVEMBER
2, 2008 (San Diego) —
“We have, after 24 years, returned San Diego
County to the blue column,” San Diego County Democratic Party Chairman
Jess Durfee announced at a press conference today.

According to the latest data released by the Registrar of Voters, the County
now has 541,039 Democrats and 540,006 Republicans. 

Ray Lutz and Kristy Mundt, past and current president
of East County Democratic Club, at Parkway Plaza in El Cajon, where they
registered hundreds of new voters shortly before the registration deadline.

“In
just the last 11 months, 105,000 people have registered as Democrats in our
County. That’s ten times the number of people who live in Wasilla, Alaska,” quipped
Durfee.  All registrations were done by party volunteers—no paid
registration workers were used.

Durfee credits a surge among Obama supporters as well as enthusiastic party
activists and 40 Democratic Clubs that helped registered people at shopping
malls,  street fairs, beaches,  new citizen naturalization ceremonies,
and door-to-door.  

In East County, La Mesa’s Democratic registration edge has widened and
El Cajon, though still red, has narrowed the party divide. “We registered
560 voters on the last weekend before the Election—and only 46 were Republicans,” said
Kristy Mundt, president of the East County Democratic Club. 

The Registrar has not yet released data on an additional 15,000 to 20,000
new voter registrations received in the final hours before deadline, but given
the recent countywide trend of ten Democrats to one Republican among newly
registered voters, it appears likely that Democrats will widen their lead.

“No longer will San Diego County be part of a base of support for Republicans,” Durfee
concluded.  “Now, San Diego County will be a base of support for
the Democratic Party to win state and national elections.”