Independents Now Outnumber Republicans in Arizona

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Independent voters now outnumber Republicans in Arizona.

According to voter registration statistics released today, more than 10,000 people have registered as independents since January. The total number of Arizona independents is 1,134,243, surpassing the 1,130,170 Republicans.

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The number of Democrats lags at 960,701.

The number of independents surpassing the number of Republicans isn't particularly good news for Democrats, either.

Though there are now about 1,100 fewer Republicans now than there were in January, there are more than 2,100 fewer Arizona Democrats.

In a statement, Secretary of State Ken Bennett points out that despite the fact that Arizona has an open primary system, independents don't participate in primaries at a high rate.

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Rita Hankerson
Rita Hankerson

Interesting to read all of this. Everyone's opinion is so different. As we all have more access to information, our views evolve and we don't have to be saddled with one ideology for life. I switched from one party to another, and found it to be more of the same.... Big spending and major lobbying.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

Many of those now defined as "independent" are the ultra extreme far right nutjobs that think the GOP is a bunch of liberal RINOs!

Joyce Shiffer
Joyce Shiffer

Independents are able to vote in primaries for all public offices EXCEPT for President. Unless this changes, some people may choose to reregister in order to vote their Presidential preference.

DNichols
DNichols

The Republicans have largely become far right wing Extremist, and Bigots, they are still associated with Racist Russell Pearce who hugged, and Babtized a Neo Nazi for his Hate of Hispanic's.

Pearce, Tea Party, and GOP officials perpetrated the un-believable Felony election rigging, and Manipulating Mrs. Cortes  so called "Sham" which should have put them all behind bars for a couple of years!

Good thing Arizona's crooked Politicians cover each others dirty deeds.

The Republicans have lost thier way with right, and wrong PERIOD.

C.T.R.

phxjustice
phxjustice

And yet, the vast majority of "independents" always vote for the Republican on the ticket.

Claire Voyant
Claire Voyant

Independents are NOT Republicans. It seems that anyone who doesn't agree with your party 100% is automatically a Republican or the opposite of your party. Maybe we're tired of the two party game that clearly isn't working in America. Please, educate yourselves.

Richard Dickson
Richard Dickson

This is good news. Hopefully, the voters in Arizona will boot Flake and McCain out of office.

Mike Triggs
Mike Triggs

That has to be really good news for moderate Democrats like Paula Pennypacker who is running for the state senate in Scottsdale and Ft. ills against UBER-WHACKO John Kavangh

Josh Lundgren
Josh Lundgren

The ability to think for one's self use to be a far rarer virtue and as a result people grouped together for safety and a greater degree of influence over policy making. Today's society has far more access to various sources of information allowing for the birth of a more diverse social structure; meaning there is now a greater aptitude for independent thinking. The more shepherds that this country produces instead of sheep has always been the driving force in Americas innovation and consequently our power in this world. Nice to see that more people are learning HOW to think instead of just excepting what to believe based on ancient progress traps. There is a significant difference between fact and belief; one has been verified by testable, repeatable data; the other is yet to be determined.

Teddy Borkman
Teddy Borkman

Mark Weld, I've been an Independent since the early 70's. I'm open minded, not Republican or Democrat! Could never embrace either party line.

Darren Kissinger
Darren Kissinger

End days!? Even my republican party is getting as bad as the Dumbocrats!

Linda Evans
Linda Evans

FWIW, I'm a left wing independent. Today's Democrats are yesterday's Republicans, and today's Republicans have sailed right off the edge of their flat earth. If I wanted to be a Republican, I'd register that way. Since I don't, I'm left with only the NPD option.

Brad Kachurka
Brad Kachurka

The Republicans and Democrats are both for one thing, bigger and more government. The disagree on who should pay for it and who gets the handouts.

Brad Kachurka
Brad Kachurka

Jeannette, respectfully disagree. I think a big chunk of independents who would consider themselves Libertarian. So for the fiscal conservative with very liberal social views, and wanting a limited foreign policy, they have the choice of being a frustrated Republican, being labeled a what was once considered a whack job Libertarian, or simply to be just an Independent.

Mark Weld
Mark Weld

ALL "Independents" are Republicans

Mark Weld
Mark Weld

"independents" are Republicans who, after Bush and suffering that embarrassment...changed their name ONLY...

Marilyn Ostrow
Marilyn Ostrow

Phoenix New Times - do you happen to know a site that shows percentages of voters by party, by ZIP CODE? Was Googling for that earlier, but couldn't find that info.

Marilyn Ostrow
Marilyn Ostrow

I've met LOTS of right-wing "Independents", but never met a left-wing one. There must be ONE...somewhere.

Ralph Michael Brekan
Ralph Michael Brekan

I belong to the Keg Party, you belong to the Bong Party... cant we all just learn to get along?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

IINO = "Independents" in Name Only ... aka Repuglykans Too Embarrassed and Ashamed to Admit It!


Jeannette Passaretti
Jeannette Passaretti

Too bad Independents aren't really middle of the road folks, as most seem to assume they are. Every single, solitary Independent that I have ever met has had a clear political ideology, and it went either right or left. It's not much of a stretch to assume that means "right" here in AZ. I look forward to the day that the media stops pandering to and coddling the "Independents", as if they actually were "independent."

Jared Slaff
Jared Slaff

If only the US Pirate Party could be recognized by Maricopa County.. Someday soon, we will be..

Warrior-X
Warrior-X

That does not mean Arizona will change. Independents hardly vote, nor do they cause a swing in party lines. Sadly to say, The Taliban Party (AZ Repugs) still remains the majority.

armandocdll81
armandocdll81

Declining to state party affiliation is not the same as embracing open borders and the tacit importation of Third World squalor and illiteracy into one's country. Undocumented noble savages are not out of the frying pan yet. 

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Well, you know, Dems are smart. They tend to leave this hellhole after a few years.

rgrayso
rgrayso

The figures are somewhat misleading.  There are four ballot-qualified parties in Arizona right now -- in addition to the two major parties, there are the Libertarian and Americans Elect parties.  The Secretary of State has classified everyone who registers as a member of a non-qualified party -- the Constitution Party, the Socialist Workers Party, the Party of the First Part, the Going-Away Party, and since the last count, the Green Party (which has lost its qualified status) -- as an independent.

In January, there were over 5,000 Arizona voters registered with the Green Party.  Although these people have not changed their registration, they are being counted now as independents.  Given that the margin over registered Republicans is so thin in the Secretary of State's reading, it's likely that there are still more registered Republicans than true independents in Arizona.

This will probably change in the near future, but it would have been more accurate and less misleading had the Secretary of State's office explained that they count people who register with non-qualified parties as "independents."

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

Good! Now maybe we can get some reasonable, common sense laws in this state and repeal the crazy

teknik
teknik

bingo!  it's all a distraction, republicrats and democans.

lennygarbo
lennygarbo

Marilyn: Bernie Sanders. Personally, I think everyone should register as an independent, even in states with closed primaries. Neither major party deserves to feel so secure in their two-party system.

armandocdll81
armandocdll81

And we also look forward to the day when the media stops pandering to and coddling the "undocumented" as if they were actually immigrants. 

kendibus
kendibus

No matter what goes wrong in this country people like this will blame some brown person, whether there are millions of immigrants or none.

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