May 30, 2018

Independents now outnumber Republicans in California

Students act as stand-ins before a presidential debate.

A photo from the first 2016 presidential debate. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Registered independents outnumber Republicans in California by around 73,000, The Sacramento Bee reports.

The big picture: A Republican hasn't been elected to statewide office in California for more than a decade, so their sagging registration numbers could present a missed opportunity as California Democrats find themselves in the midst of an identity crisis ahead of this fall's midterm elections. But the Bee notes an interesting fact: "Republicans maintain an outsized influence because they vote more consistently than Democrats or independents."

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