RIVERSIDE -- Riverside County is the latest former Republican stronghold to move to the Democratic side. Democrats now lead Republicans in voter registration 349,322 to 346,604 for the first time in nearly two decades.
“Democrats are leading because we are delivering results for Riverside residents, while Republicans are more out of step with voters’ views on the economy and their government than ever,” said Riverside County Democratic Party Chair Howard Katz. “When people register in one direction, they don’t go back, and we will keep the pressure on Republicans through November and beyond.”
“The Democratic Party has invested heavily in our Democratic volunteers in battleground areas across California,” said California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton. “We are committed to giving Riverside Democrats the tools they need to compete and win in races for Congress, the Legislature and local government.”
In 2012 the California Democratic Party launched the It Gets Bluer registration drive in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, which led to Democratic victories in Congress for Dr. Raul Ruiz and Mark Takano and in the Legislature for Jose Medina and Richard Roth.
In 2016 Riverside County Democratic Party has utilized a grant from environmental leader Tom Steyer to expand voter registration.
Riverside’s registration flip leaves Orange County as the last Republican holdout in Southern California. Republicans’ voter edge has been steadily eroding in the face of Democratic pressure -- just 6 points, down from 22 points in the early 1990s. More Orange County Democrats than Republicans voted in the June primary for the first time.