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Democrats expand voter registration lead in Clark County

Updated Monday, Oct. 8, 2012 | 4:23 p.m.

Democrats in Clark County have a 119,000 voter registration advantage over Republicans at the closing online voter registration.

Of the 833,000 active voters in Nevada’s largest county, 379,349 are Democrats; 259,953 are Republicans; and 147,911 are nonpartisans, according to the latest Clark County Election Department report updated Monday morning.

Saturday was the last day to register to vote online or mail in voter registration forms. Individual voters can still register in person by Oct. 16.

Democrats have been consistently outpacing Republicans in voter registrations statewide, and particularly in Clark County, the state’s Democratic stronghold and largest county.

Statewide, the Democratic voter registration advantage topped 80,000. As of Sunday, there were 1,228,234 active voters: 511,549 were Democrats; 431,188 were Republican; and 212,812 were nonpartisan.

In April, there were 36,000 more Democrats than Republicans statewide. In July, that advantage had climbed to 47,500 voters.

In Washoe County, viewed by both Republican and Democratic campaigns as a key swing county, registered Republicans outnumber Democrats 90,331 to 87,960, with 55,822 nonpartisan and minor party voters now registered in the county.

Nevada is seen as a crucial battleground swing state in the presidential election, and the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Sen. Dean Heller, a Republican, and Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Las Vegas, is also hotly contested.

The Democratic advantage statewide is still less than the party's peak in Nov. 2008, when Democrats outnumbered Republicans by slightly more than 100,000. President Barack Obama that year handily beat Republican nominee Sen. John McCain by 12.5 percent.

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