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  2 Suburban Philadelphia Counties Flip to Democratic Party
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Last EditedArmyDem  Apr 07, 2008 07:20pm
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News DateTuesday, April 8, 2008 01:20:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionBy Katharine Q. Seelye

History is being made in the suburbs of Philadelphia.

The four suburban counties have long been Republican strongholds, with more Republican voters than Democratic ones. The last time there were more Democrats than Republicans seems lost in the mist of time.

But a new day is here. Voter enrollment in both Montgomery and Bucks Counties has flipped from Republican to Democratic.

The registration deadline was March 24, and tens of thousands of new registrations flooded in, from both new voters and party switchers. Elections officials have been counting them and posting the changes in drips and drabs.

Now, the new tally in Bucks shows 185,413 enrolled Democrats, compared with 181,941 enrolled Republicans.

In Montgomery County, the new tally shows 245,209 Democrats, compared with 238,208 Republicans.

While both counties have been voting Democratic periodically for more than a decade, the registration figures have not reflected that trend until now.

“We’re pretty excited,” said John Cordisco, chairman of the Bucks County Democratic Party and a candidate for state treasurer.

Mr. Cordisco said that previous registration drives had created momentum for the change but that “disgust” with the Bush administration and excitement over the Democratic presidential primary had accelerated it. He said he thought the last time Bucks was Democratic may have been the 1960s.
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