(04/27/2012)
While West Virginia is now a "red state" in national elections, Democrats still hold a substantial advantage, but the number of independents is growing.

Calhoun has 3,405 registered Democrats, 1,107 registered Republicans, and 1,197 Independents/other party registration.

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant's Office show 52 percent of all registered voters (640,888) are Democrats, compared with 29 percent (352,304) who are Republicans.

Seventeen percent (210,562) are independent (no party affiliation) in the Mountain State. The numbers show a shift of voter registration in West Virginia toward independents.

The Democratic registration advantage has dropped from 58 percent in 2004 to 52 percent.

The number of voters registered as independent has nearly doubled during the same period.

Republican voter registration has remained relatively static. The number of Republican voters has increased from 349,000 in 2004 to just over 352,000 today.

Democrats have a greater registration than Republicans in 45 of the state's 55 counties. The counties were Republicans hold the majority are: Berkeley, Doddridge, Grant, Mineral, Morgan, Preston, Ritchie, Tyler, Upshur and Wood.

Democrat Senator Joe Machin has announced he will likely vote for the Republican presidential nominee, he says primarily because of environmental regulations on West Virginia coal.


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