SANTA ANA — There are now more registered Democrats than Republicans in the longtime conservative GOP stronghold of Orange County.
Orange County’s Registrar of Voters reported Wednesday there are 89 more Democrats than Republicans in the California county of 1.6 million registered voters.
The parties each have about 547,000 registered voters, and 441,000 registered voters have no party affiliation.
The county wedged between Los Angeles and San Diego was home to President Richard Nixon and long a conservative bastion.
GOP members still hold many county and local offices, but Democrats say demographic change and opposition to President Donald Trump helped them flip a cluster of congressional seats last year and draw new registered voters.