Voter Registration Update – Final Version
After the October 11th deadline, there are now 4,157,140 Democrats and 3,244,123 Republicans registered to vote in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. That gives the Dems a 913,017 advantage. A week ago, it was 911,621.
An additional 1,168,182 residents are independents are members of a smaller party. Altogether, there are now 8,569,445 registered voters in Pennsylvania.
Now that the deadline has passed, we can chart the total shift in voter registration from just after the primary on May 15th to just before the general on October 11th.
Only eight counties saw Democrats increase their margins over Republicans: Philadelphia (46,335), Delaware (10,623), Montgomery (8,666), Chester (3,482), Allegheny (2,094), Centre (1,733), Lehigh (806) and Dauphin (681).
The only one of these counties where Republicans still outnumber Dems is Chester. It’s also worth noting that the only SEPA county where the Democrats lost ground was Bucks (2,638). Whether Chester and Bucks could switch places will something to keep an eye on in the years ahead.
The real trend this year, however, was the continued exodus of Southwest Democrats. The Appalachian Dems who have been voting for the GOP on the presidential level for years are officially severing ties with their old party.
In the past six months Republicans have made the following net gains in these Southwest Counties: Westmoreland (15,582), Washington (7,637), Cambria (6,413), Fayette (6,106), Butler (5,624) and Beaver (4,933).
The GOP has also made strides in the Northeast, including Luzerne (10,938) and Lackawanna Counties (6,017). York County (8,937) also provided the Republicans will a healthy batch of supporters this year.
Despite it all, though, just one county in the commonwealth switched hands from Democrats to Republicans in the past six months: Clinton County.