Voter enthusiasm in California is surging with more than 1.5 million newly registered or re-registered voters since January 1, according to the latest data from Political Data Inc. With that number expected to surpass 2 million before the May 23 deadline, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders has shown he is the candidate who can build the energy and excitement to attract new voters to register and participate in the Democratic process.
Voter registration has seen a boost of 218 percent among Democrats, with more than 1.1 million Democrat and Independent voters now eligible to vote in the presidential primary. The increase is largely due to drastic increases among voters under the age of 30 and Latinos, both core demographics of Sanders’ supporter base. Independent voters have until May 23 to register as Democrat or “no party preference” in order to cast a vote on June 7. NPP voters will want request a Democratic Cross-Over ballot, not a provisional ballot.
“Sen. Sanders’ message of income inequality and corrupt campaign finance are resonating so strongly with the people of California they are registering to vote in record numbers,” said Campaign Manager Jeff Weaver. “If this is any indication of voter excitement and turnout, Bernie has a strong chance of winning in California.”
The surge in Democratic voter registration will benefit down ballot races, with many districts seeing 10 percent or more of their voting population registering to vote in the last 90 days. With high turn out and a large swath of new progressive voters, Sanders has excited the future of the Party to help Democrats win across the board in California.
In a recent California poll of the newly registered voters, Sanders crushes Clinton with a 40-point advantage, grabbing 67% while she is at only 27%. In another recent CA poll, Sanders has a 77% to 18% lead with voters between the ages of 19 and 29, while voters in the 30-39 age category support him at a 56%-31% clip. Among those voters who have “no party preference,” Sanders enjoys a 10-point lead.
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