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Democrats lead registration in Hillsborough, Pinellas

Democrats hold a record advantage in blue-trending Hillsborough.

The final deadline for voter registration for the Nov. 3 general election was uncertain this week due to litigation. But statistics as of Thursday, following the original Oct. 5 deadline and a one-day extension, show a record advantage for Democrats in blue-trending Hillsborough and a narrow division in Pinellas, one of the state’s major swing counties:

  • Hillsborough: Democrats, 364,805; Republicans, 291,122; others, 273,115.
  • Pinellas: Democrats, 254,914; Republicans 249,688; others, 204,876.

The Democrats' 73,683 lead in Hillsborough is a modern-day record. Their lead has varied in the last three election cycles from about 57,000 up to about 68,000.

In Pinellas, Republicans last led in 2006. Since then, the Democratic advantage, now 5,226, has varied up and down from about 2,500 to about 12,000.

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