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Saturday July 14, 2012

Poor Arizona Democratic Leadership Causes Drop of 52,000 Dem Voters While Independents Surge

Poor Arizona Democratic Leadership Causes Drop of 52,000 Dem Voters While Independents Surge

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Voter frustration with political hyper-partisanship in Arizona may explain the swell over the past two years in registered independents — a change that some political insiders deem dangerous.

The biggest increase in independents occurred between June 2010 and July 2011, and the numbers have basically stayed flat over the past year.

During the two-year period, the number of registered Republicans jumped about 14,000.

But in just the past year, the number of registered Democrats dropped by more than 52,000, according to a Secretary of State’s Office recently released report.

Of the 3.1 million registered voters in Arizona, about 36 percent are Republican, about 30 percent are Democrats and about 33 percent are independents, according to the report.

The growth in independents is a trend surging through the entire country.