Jeff Smith 10 a.m., July 29
The Rise of Independents in San Diego
Nearly 41 percent of the 621,310 registered voters in the City of San Diego are registered under the Democratic party. Under 29 percent of voters are registered as Republicans.
The numbers, recently released by the City Clerk's office, show that out of the eight (soon-to-be-nine) political districts in San Diego, only one, District 5, has more Republicans than Democrats.
The most-Democrat-leaning districts continue to be districts three and four, areas that include Uptown and Southeastern San Diego communities. In district three, 52 percent of voters call themselves Democrats, whereas 16 percent identify as Republicans. In District 4, the numbers are nearly the same; 55 percent Democrat and 19 percent are Republicans.
And while there are 76,145 more Democrats than Republicans in San Diego, the number of voters that did not identify themselves with neither party appears to be increasing.
In all, 161,475 residents declined to list their political preference. The largest number of those who declined-to-state resided in District 1. There, the two parties were virtually neck and neck, with 573 more Democrats than Republicans. However, 28 percent, or nearly 29,000 residents in the district refused to side with a political party.
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