LAS VEGAS (AP) — Voters not registered with either major party now constitute a majority in Clark County, Nevada — the most populous jurisdiction in the Western battleground state.
In Clark County, which encompasses Las Vegas and its suburbs, on Wednesday there were 479,977 registered Democrats, 338,342 registered Republicans and 480,235 voters registered as non-partisan or with other parties. The county updates registration statistics hourly and releases a full report weekly.
Unlike the rest of Nevada the Las Vegas area has long leaned blue, granting President Joe Biden a 9.35 percentage-point victory in 2020.
But Democrats’ registration advantage has been eroding. The shift toward nonpartisan registration could have wide-ranging implications on future results and whether candidates hone their messaging to target swing voters or turn out their parties’ base.
Republicans and Democrats both do not allow voters not registered as party members to participate in primaries.
The data changes routinely due to voter roll maintenance and a statewide automatic voter registration policy enrolling eligible voters who complete DMV transactions.
In November 2020, 532,407 voters were registered as Democrats, 376,669 as Republicans and 415,620 as nonpartisan or with other parties.
Of Nevada’s 1,834,651 active registered voters, 625,852 are Democrats, 550,135 are Republican and 658,664 are registered as non-partisan or with other parties.