Democrats maintain 13-point registration advantage among California voters
Democrats outnumber Republicans by more than 2.2 million in California, according to new figures released Friday by the secretary of state's office.
The numbers show 44% of the state's voters are registered Democrats; 31% are registered Republicans. More than 20% of the state's voters declined to register with any political party. In all, more than 17.2 million Californians are registered to vote, up from just under 17 million Sept. 3.
Republicans are hoping a strong national tide and frustration with the Democratically controlled Congress and White House will help them overcome their statistical disadvantages on election day.
Republicans have mounted serious challenges to at least three Democratic House incumbents and Republican Carly Fiorina is locked in a hotly contested race with three-term incumbent Sen. Barbara Boxer.
Democrats are hoping California may be a political firewall, stopping what many experts predict will be a strong Republican electoral tide nationally.
Democrat Jerry Brown leads a Democratic ticket that is hoping to recapture the governor's office and hold on to or pad their wide majorities in both houses of the Legislature.
-- Anthony York in Sacramento