Democrats widen registration advantage in Delaware County

From the Delaware County Daily Times
April 10, 2016
By Kathleen E. Carey
MEDIA >> Voter registration numbers continue their left-leaning ascent here in Delaware County as the major party leaders say what matters most are the candidates themselves and voter turnout.
For active voters, Delaware County has 156,289 Democrats registered and 153,912 compared to the inactive numbers of 177,897 for Democrats and 168,032 for Republicans.
“It’s clear that Democrats are registering in much larger number than Republicans in Delaware County,” said David Landau, chairman of the Delaware County Democratic Party. “It’s clear that the trend that we’ve seen in the last couple of years has accelerated. It’s clear (that) Delaware County is solidly a Democrat-registered county now.”
The chairman of the Delaware County Republican Party, Andrew Reilly, said although the Democrats technically have more voters, “neither party is in the majority.”
He noted the party switches.
“We saw the numbers this last cycle, more people have switched from Democrat to Republican than Republican to Democrat,” Reilly said as 1,460 Democrats changed to GOP and 1,202 Republicans went Democrat.
Of the Democratic switchers, he said, “They really are not happy with the direction that the Obama administration has taken the country. I think there is a lot of excitement about the presidential candidates on the Republican side.”
And, he said, the candidates are key.
“From a Delaware County perspective, the candidates that we run are common sense Republicans that have crossover appeal,” Reilly said.
Landau said the number of party switches was insignificant.
“That won’t have any impact on this registration,” he said. “I think it’s a wash.”
What he did think was important was getting people out to vote.
“At the end of the day, what matters is who votes not registration,” Landau said.
He said getting Democrats out to the polls is integral for his party’s candidates and with the presidential election that typically draws more voters to the booths, it bodes well for his party.
“Democrats are going to win,” he said. “You’re going to see pretty sustained victories in the fall, especially statewide, better results in our state house and senate races.”
Landau pointed to the special election in which state Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky, D-161 of Swarthmore, won.
“We really did focus on voter turnout and we won,” the party chairman said. “We’ve shown that we know how to do it and when we do it, we win.”