Democrats expand edge in California as 2020 looms

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The latest California voter registration figures tell a familiar story: Democrats are expanding their ranks, Republicans are struggling. and the fastest-growing group remains those voters aligned with no party at all — independents.

Figures released Wednesday by Secretary of State Alex Padilla also show that nearly 81 percent of eligible residents are registered to vote, the highest percentage since 1952.

Overall, California had more than 20 million voters as of Oct. 1.

Democrats who hold every statewide office and dominate California politics account for 44 percent of registered voters, up about 1 point from the same time before the 2016 presidential primary election.

Republicans account for about 24 percent, down several points from 2016.

The fastest-growing group is independents, who represent nearly 27 percent of registered voters.

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