Republicans still rule Hernando, but barely
BROOKSVILLE -- Hernando County still favors Republican red, but it’s trending closer to purple, according to the latest voter registration figures for the 2008 election.
Republicans now outnumber Democrats by 1,277. But the advantage is half what it was for the 2004 election, an analysis of the latest figures released Tuesday shows. (Democrats once ruled the county until 1992, when Republicans took the majority.)
As a whole, the partisan picture still looks largely the same as it did for the previous presidential election, with 40 percent of voters identified as Republicans and 39 percent as Democrats. The number of voters registered with minor parties or no party affiliation sits at 21 percent.
More than 13,000 new voters are registered in Hernando, compared with the 2004 election. But the expected surge this year — as political parties and independent groups launched massive registration drives — failed to materialize in significant numbers. Since the August primary, only 2,812 new voters signed up, a 2 percent increase.
-- John Frank, Times staff writer