March 26th, 2008
04:00 PM ET
12 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. LifeLongDemocrat

    I hope they are truly Dems and not a bunch of Republicans who want to mess with the Dems nomination process!

    March 26, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  2. Mike

    We know where this state is going. It makes no difference how much crap Obama gets exposed on, his supporters want him in no matter what he does.

    Well if Obama makes it in there is going to be a lot of crow to eat when unemployment sky rockets.

    March 26, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  3. Wayne, Greenville TX

    If any of this is due to Rush Limbaugh's "Operation Chaos", then El Rushbo should be facing voter fraud charges in teh Tarheel State as well.

    March 26, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  4. Grif

    But I got the PUSH BUTTON.

    Democracy!!!! You don't have................

    March 26, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  5. jp/michigan

    I think that's just great. More the merrier. This election for the President is the best that has happen to Americans in the long run. I only hope, that Americans really do their homework and really check out the candidates. Political histories, legislatively , voting histories and experiences, strengths, and solutions to the issues. Electing a president is a big responsibility, take it seroiusly!

    March 26, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  6. kathleen "a typical white person" for OBAMA/EDWARDS 2008

    Republicans will vote for Hillary now and MCain in November.

    Wasn't it 16,000 Republicans voted for Hillary in Ohio or Texas?

    March 26, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  7. Joe

    This is bad news for Clinton. A "semi-closed" primary is the best possible thing for Barack. Independents can vote (and they will predominantly favor him) and Republicans can't vote for Hillary just because they think she'll be easier to beat in the general election.

    March 26, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  8. Tyler in Raleigh

    I am unaffiliated in NC. I will vote for Obama now in the primary and likely as well in the election. It's a hard choice unless McCain makes some more crazy Iran comments.

    If Clinton manages to streal the election with her "experience" then its McCain all the way... no matter which Beach Boys song he butchers next.

    March 26, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  9. Joseph

    This is bad news for HRC. These are true Democrate voters who remember who started NAFTA and took all of those jobs away. She may win in PA, but don't look for any wins here in NC.

    March 26, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  10. Shawn - CLT

    As someone who rolled Republican to Democrat in North Carolina I am not sure I can speak for the rest, but in the 2004 election, the old people in the state voted for me and secured the Republican nomination. I didn't have to vote because I knew the buckle of the bible belt would vote for the lesser of evils for me. Now in 2008 North Carolina is swinging with the influx of growth in Charlotte and Raleigh Durham (Charlotte is the only market with RISING home values – ka-ching!) , the 40-65 crowd is going down to Florida and the Carolinas' are getting younger. We need to make sure we aren't settling for the lesser of the evils. Even if you are GOP and you roll, vote for the best Democrat candidate – not the person who you think the GOP will easily beat. It's a long time between May 6 and November. A lot of dirt can come out between now and then and if you roll to vote the loser in, that dirt will bite you.

    March 26, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  11. Joe Black

    George McGovern, Geraldine Ferraro... what's next, Mike Dukakis?

    The "old" Democratic party – the one that PANDERED to blacks without actually helping them become equity owners of the American dream, but expected them to vote in lock-step with their corrupt candidates – is dying out.

    Hillary is the last dinosaur, and she is trotting out fossils like McGovern and Ferraro in a final prehistoric roar, even as the asteriod rushes towards them.

    It's a new world, a new age. The tired messages of the old party no longer resonate with those under 60.

    And who will have to live the longest with the decisions made in the next four years?

    Quit the race Hillary. Your kind is extinct!

    Rush Limbaugh wants you for the nominee. Doesn't that say it all?

    March 26, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  12. Finally

    Finally, the Clintons will be gone. Hopefully for ever!!

    March 26, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  13. John, NC

    Hillary is wasting her time in N.C.

    March 26, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  14. pmet

    110,000 republicans voted for Hillary in Texas as a result of Limbaugh's "operation chaos." She beat Obama in popular vote by 101,000.

    100,000 republicans voted for Hillary in Ohio as a result of Limbaugh's "operation chaos". Obama lost 3 or 4 delegates as a result.

    For the past 3 weeks, Limbaugh has been pushing his listeners to sign up in the remaining states before the deadline to continue messing up the democratic party.

    The DNC and superdelegates need to take this into account when selecting their nominee. If they choose Clinton based on erroneous numbers slanted due to Limbaugh, she will lose the general in a landslide.

    March 26, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  15. Conan

    This is one Republican that will be "Independent" for the NC Democratic primaries. This is sooooo much fun!!!!

    Hillary 08!!!!

    March 26, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  16. Tom,des moines

    I think this is a really good news for Hillary. as u know that unaffiliate can vote for either party,some of 1.2 million. Let keep the operation chaos going. Thank your Rush Limbough.

    March 26, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  17. Jody Reno, Nevada

    Figures. To hell with thoughtful, insightful examination of records, deeds and will be a racial vote.

    Get used to a McCain Presidency folks because that's what it will be if nObama is the democratic nominee.


    March 26, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  18. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    I'm praying that Bill will bite the bullet and admit how his junior high indescretions while in White House have turned many voters against him. . .and his and his wife's ethics.

    I just wish he would go away!

    March 26, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  19. Z. Steepleton , PA

    . . . .Must be Obama time.

    Yes We Can.

    March 26, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  20. JOHN


    March 26, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  21. Tim

    Hurray for North Carolina!!!!
    Another State for Obama!!!!

    Obama 08

    March 26, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  22. Dan VA

    ""If any of this is due to Rush Limbaugh's "Operation Chaos", then El Rushbo should be facing voter fraud charges in teh Tarheel State as well.""

    Why? It's kosher. Why can't he try to influence voters just like any other person?

    If I tell a Republican he should vote for Obama instead, is that voter fraud? Or is it just fraud for Rush Limbaugh because has a lot more people's ears?

    March 26, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  23. AJ

    Wasn't it just last month that Obama supporters were trumpeting the fact that he was getting all the cross-over Republican votes? They all said it's because he can "bring people together"... What happened to that? In fact, if you take out all the Republicans and Independents that have voted in states with open and semi-closed primaries, Hillary has more votes from Democrats than Obama does.

    March 26, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  24. D in NM

    Democrats need to be cautious about these new numbers; these are not true swing voters. These are voters who are right wingers attempting to pollute the purity of the Democratic voters bases. These are people who would NEVER vote for a Democrat in the gemeral election; get real Obama and stop the madness, it is the Obama Team and their supporters who "know NOT what they do".
    Heaven help the Democrats!

    March 26, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  25. Jdona

    Never fear, Hillary fans. Check with your local state board of elections and see if you can write her name in come November if she looses the nomination. We use touch screens here in Virginia, and I just checked at the urging of some other state supporters. And yes I can, although it isn't easy. So, come November, instead of having to vote for McCain if Obama wins, I will write in Hillary's name. I'm still following the Democratic party ideology, I just don't want Barack Obama. If enough of us write in Hillary's name, we will in effect create that third political party.

    March 26, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
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