March 26th, 2008
04:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Democratic voter rolls grow in North Carolina

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Pennsylvania isn't the only state seeing a surge in newly-minted Democrats. North Carolina, which votes on May 6, has also seen its voter rolls expanding.

Republicans and Independents in Pennsylvania are signing up in droves to vote in the April 22 Democratic primary. Last week alone, more than 29,000 Pennsylvanians registered to vote as Democrats. More than four million Pennsylvanians are now registered as Democrats – a new state record.

Almost 90,000 new voters have signed up to vote in the North Carolina Democratic primary, which is semi-closed - meaning Democrats and unaffiliated voters can participate, but not Republicans.

Since the beginning of January, the number of registered Democrats in North Carolina has grown by over 40,000 voters, bringing the total number of Democrats in the state to 2,552,674. Almost half of those registered Democrats are African-American.

The tally of unaffiliated voters grew by more than 30,000. There are now 1.2 million unaffiliated voters in the state who can participate in either party’s primary.

In the same three month period, the number of registered Republicans increased by a much smaller margin - just 15,000 people - bringing the total amount of GOP voters in the state to just over 1.9 million.

That’s not the only problem for the state Republican party.

A survey released by Pew Research last week showed that 26 percent of North Carolina registered voters now identify themselves as Republicans, down from 35 percent in 2004. The figure for Democrats has remained steady at 39 percent, according to the Pew survey.

- CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby

Filed under: North Carolina
soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Vig

    Obama is defending Wright in his campaign speeches!!! Fox News reports that Wright had alot more nasty things to say anybody who isn't Black – he called Italians "Garlic Noses". I am of Italian decent and find this not only offensive but racist. And Obama is still defending him? Obama is no better and should step down – this is a disgrace. And who got the most in Obama's chartible contributions – Trinity Church who housed the racist Wright. Boo to Obama. Dump Obama.

    March 26, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  2. ben

    Our government does not serve the people. It serves a much higher
    master. It serves money and those that have the most!
    We have had our fun and games with all this back and forth stuff among the candidates, but in the end the money will control the outcome,and absolutely nothing will change!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 26, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  3. HH

    Obama is UP 20 points in North Carolina, if BILLARY DOES NOT win Pennsylvania by 25 points she should drop out.

    March 26, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  4. Hotter Place Waiting

    Now that a woman and a minority have their hats in the ring, you will see more voter fraud.

    Sadly the deaths of 4,000 Americans are the result of the voter fraud in 2000, and 2004. Bush has a huge debt to pay to this country and he doesn't realize it. Dancing in poverished African countries won't help his legacy, nothing will. There's a hotter place in hell for him and Chaney, because they sent those men and women to their deaths for selfish reasons.

    Obama 08

    March 26, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  5. Terry S.

    Clinton 08! NOBAMA!!! If Obama wins the nomination I'm voting for McCain. As much as I don't care for McCain, I think experience is more important than feel good speeches with nothing to back them up like Obama does.

    March 26, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  6. Buffalo Bill

    GOBAMA and take your finally proud to be American wife and your racist preacher with you!

    March 26, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  7. California Independent

    Did you guys see the polls today? It was good news... 28% of Clinton supporters will NOT vote for Obama and another 13% will stay home. Wooohoooo! Aaaah! It's been a beeeeauuuuutiful day.

    If it isn't Clinton, McCain '08

    March 26, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  8. Charles

    It is a good thing that people are becoming interested in politics now. It is a shame that it has to be because of gender and race. And, as for Bill Clinton, he is playing the public like a finely tuned fidel.

    March 26, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  9. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    Democrats: Please, please, please, vote for Hillary!

    I don't like McCain, but Clinton, as President, is a scary thought and she doesn't have a chance against him.

    March 26, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  10. EveryoneVotes!

    We need more than a president to be "present" when it comes time to vote. We need someone to take a stand and one that can roll with the punches! We need someone that is not afraid to make a stand should our war resolutions change to unforeseen events. We do not need someone saying "I did not vote for the war (and never could have in the first place)". What would Obama do should we need to continue the war? What would Obama do should another war develop elsewhere?

    Obama, from what I understand, has promised military support to Africa once we pull out of Iraq under his presidency...Look at how well Africa responded to us...aka "Black Hawk Down"... So which is it? Be in Iraq/Iran or Africa? That's trading a pawn for a pawn in my opinion...

    Hillary / McCain

    March 26, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  11. Steven/Kentucky

    I am beginning to think that Hillary is a republican. Many of her comments support McCain. Hillary don't seem to care what happens to the democratic party. If things continue the way they are going we may have four more years of a republican president.

    Steve

    March 26, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  12. McCain is the Man

    The only Hillary voters that will switch to McCain are the ones that switch to the Demo party just to keep Hillary in the race. And I'm on. You demo can be real dumb when it comes to your primaries.

    Go Bush .. I mean McCain

    March 26, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  13. scott

    I wonder how many republicains voted BO in the past. I myself was in a caucuss state and really wouldn't trust the outcome they had for him as most of the true dems Ive talked to at the salon seem to be for hIllary. lets watch what happens. I know its getting abit longer then many BOBOts thought it should be but this is life not everything is microwavable

    March 26, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  14. Slept in Church for 20 years

    Like the way you take the time to point out the number of black voters. Anyone thinking this contest isn't about race is an idiot.

    March 26, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  15. SHARONG

    P.S.S.
    IF I HAD TO . . . IF OBAMA DID'T GET THE NOMINATION . . . I WOULD
    VOTE FOR HILLARY ONLY BECAUSE I THINK SHE IS THE LESSER OF TWO EVILS, THE OTHER BEING MCCAIN. ACTUALLY THO, I
    DON'T THINK I'LL HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT IT! AND I AM AN ALMOST 59 YR. OLD WHITE WOMAN!

    March 26, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  16. Paul

    So Hillary can go to "misspeak", Bill can go to "mislead". Are neither capable of uttering the word "lie"?

    March 26, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    NC is for Obama for sure!

    March 26, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    NC is for OBAMA!

    March 26, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  19. Sarah Smith

    Make History!

    Make Sense!

    Make a Difference!

    Obama

    from an ole whitey lady, educated

    the cynics are crying out to be shown

    there really IS hope!

    March 26, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  20. An American in Canada

    GOOD FOR YOU NORTH CAROLIN CITIZEN LET US HEAR YOUR VOICE LOUD AND CLEAR! VOTE FOR OUR NEXT PRESIDENT SHE WILL NEVER LET YOU DOWN....

    Well lets' see the North Carolina demographics demonstrates that there are :

    70% White

    22% Blacks

    07% Latino

    Well it looks like Hillary R. Clinton will win that state by a 57% margin.

    Unless there is a caucus and the Obama supporters intimidate the caucus voters again.....

    March 26, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
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