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Democrats outpacing Republican voter registration in Capital Region

Oct 16, 2018 6:00 am
David Lombardo is reporting for the Times Union the enrollment of new Democratic voters in the Capital Region has exceeded the number of new Republicans registered since the election of President Donald J. Trump two years ago. Newly registered Democrats account for 40.6 percent of new voters in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady counties, three percentage points higher than their share of the voter enrollment in November 2016. The percentage of new Republicans is lagging behind that rate by more than 9 points. John McLaughlin, a pollster for Trump's 2016 campaign, blamed the national Republican Party for failing to drive voter registration and credited the Democrats with recognizing the political opportunity posed by the midterm elections. "They've learned more. They're more aggressive," he said of the national Democratic Party in the wake of Trump's victory. The final enrollment numbers could shift slightly in the coming days, as local boards continue to process voter registrations through the state Department of Motor Vehicles and forms mailed on the October 12 deadline. Read the full story in the Times Union.