Fresno County is looking bluer than ever, newly released voter registration statistics show.
The Democratic Party has now pushed its voter registration lead over the rival Republicans to more than 13,000 countywide. In October 2012, just ahead of the last statewide general election, there were 6,396 more Democrats than Republicans in Fresno County.
Also showing significant growth was the roll of voters who are declining to join a political party. In October 2012 it was 67,417 in Fresno County. Now, it is 75,199.
In percentage terms countywide, Democrats are at 39.95%, Republicans 36.67% and no party preference 18.36%.
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The latest numbers, released this week by the secretary of state's office, continue to show a reversal of fortune for the two major political parties.
In 2000, Republicans in Fresno County overtook Democrats in voter registration totals for the first time in memory. That lead peaked in 2004 with a GOP advantage of more than 24,000 voters.
By the middle of 2010, Democrats had retaken the lead. They haven't relinquished it since, and appear to be growing it larger with each passing year.
While Republicans fall further behind in Fresno County, they are continuing their domination of rival Democrats in the rest of the central San Joaquin Valley -- Tulare, Kings and Madera counties.
In Tulare County, the GOP's dominance is particularly noteworthy.
Two years ago, Republicans led Democrats in registration by 15,189 voters. That lead is now 19,247.
Statewide, voter registration continues to look grim for Republicans. The GOP is at 28.23% statewide, while the Democrats are at 43.43%. For Democrats, that is a slight uptick from two years ago, and for Republicans a significant downturn.
No-party-preference voters continue to grow statewide, with slightly more than 23% of voters not affiliating with a political party. Two years ago, it was 21.28%.