On Thursday, the DPOC will hold a press conference to announce that the registrar of voters has officially declared there are more registered Democrats than Republicans in Orange County.
This was once unthinkable.
Here’s the press release:
Orange, Calif. –The Democratic Party of Orange County will hold a news conference Thursday to share the historic moment and celebrate with key stakeholders their milestone in surpassing Republican voter registrations in “Reagan Country.”
Democrats will officially outnumber Republican registrants in the historically Republican stronghold of Orange County, California. As of Wednesday, August 7, there will be more Democrats than any other party or than voters registered with no party preference, according to Democratic party projections. Official numbers are expected to update at the Orange County Registrar of Voters site at https://www.ocvote.com/datacentral/.
“If it can happen in Orange County, it can happen anywhere,” said Orange County Democratic Party Chair Ada Briceño, an immigrant from Nicaragua who benefited from the Reagan amnesty, and is the first immigrant to lead the party in Orange County.
WHO: Ada Briceño, Democratic Party of Orange County Chair
Rusty Hicks, California Democratic Party Chair
Jason Berlin, Field Team 6 executive director
Orange County Democratic Party Young Democrats
Democratic clubs and groups throughout Orange County
Local elected officials
WHAT: Official announcement of overtaking Republican voter
registrations and turning the county from red to blue.
WHEN: Thursday, August 8, 2019, at noon
WHERE: Democratic Party of Orange County Headquarters
1916 W. Chapman Ave., Suite B
Orange, CA 92868
And do read this great story by the LA Times political team that explains how and why this happened.
From the story:Democrats gaining an edge here over Republicans is a watershed moment for a place that has long been a citadel of GOP strength — and one that could have national implications for the future of the Republican Party.