Hat tip to Iyad Afalqa, the president of the Irvine Democratic Club, on this news that the Democratic Party in Irvine now has more registered voters than the Republican party does; and all this 9 months before an election guaranteed to have massive Democratic Party turnout.
From his Facebook post:
“Last week during my panel discussion at the Los Angeles County Democratic Party I said that Democrats were lagging behind Republicans by 274 registered voters.…
Today, it’s official, there are more registered Democrats in Irvine than Republicans! 33,717 to 33,700, net of +17 Democrats!”
So it’s 17 voters. But its 17 voters more than Republicans have.
Given how candidates like Lynn Schott and Jeff Lalloway won by a margin of a few hundred votes in a midterm election when most Democrats don’t come out, the fall campaign bodes well for Irvine’s blue party; there are four strong candidates for City Council and incumbent council member Christina Shea is under investigation for possible ethics violations, it’s entirely possible Democrats will take back the council majority.
The wild card is hoping Mayor Steven Choi makes it to the top two for AD-68 and loses, kicking him off the public dole and replacing him with a Democrat for Mayor. It will be hard for Republicans to frame the current Democrats as Agranistas. The real wild card: how much will FivePoint spend on IEs.