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SD County Democratic Party chairwoman declares big win in San Diego

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A big win locally for Democrats was declared Friday by the chairwoman of the San Diego County Democratic Party, one day after the registrar of voters certified the November election.

"San Diego County is no longer a Republican stronghold or even a swing county in California," Chairwoman Francine Busby said in an email memo.

"Signaling changing demographics and a shift in the political landscape, the San Diego County Democratic Party raised $1.4 million to elect 70 percent of their endorsed candidates in November, including winning 16 seats previously held by Republicans."

The party made inroads in solid Republican city councils with the election of Democratic candidates in La Mesa, Carlsbad and El Cajon, Busby said in the memo entitled "San Diego Democrats Flex Muscle and Sweep Elections."

Democrats now hold majorities on city councils in Chula Vista, Del Mar, Encinitas, Imperial Beach, Lemon Grove, National City, San Diego, and Solana Beach, according to Busby.

"The election of Mara Elliott, the first woman and Latina to become the city attorney of San Diego, is a precursor to future citywide races where Democrats hold a two-to-one voter registration advantage," Busby said. "The passage of Measures K & L, that move all city elections to run-offs in November when more voters participate, bodes well for more competitive and equitable elections in the city of San Diego."

Democratic voter registration surged with over 70,000 new registrants this year, giving Democrats a record 108,000 voter advantage over Republicans countywide. Republican registrations have fallen to only 2.6% more than independent voters, according to Busby.

"With an overall voter turnout of 77 percent in San Diego County, results clearly show that Democrats were eager to vote," Busby said. "In the past two election cycles Democrats have picked up over 25 seats formerly held by Republicans and that trend is likely to continue."

The chairman of the San Diego County Republican Party did not immediately respond to a request for comment by City News Service.

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