GOP overtakes Dems in Harford registration
Registered Republicans outnumber their Democratic counterparts in Harford County for the first time in recent memory. The latest figures show a difference of 28 voters, an increase that will likely continue until registration ends on Tuesday, said James Massey, director of the county board of elections.
“This is the first time ever,” Massey said. “Republicans got close a few times before but never exceeded Democrats. We have been seeing this trend for years.”
He attributes the change to those switching parties to vote in numerous Republican primary races, rather than to new registrations, which he said are fairly flat.
“We have seen a lot of switching, probably because there are more choices in the Republican primary and a lot of close races,” Massey said.
Since Democrats did not field candidates in several key Harford races, including county executive and council president, primary voters will decide the outcome.
Registration as of Tuesday shows 148,059 voters in Harford County, with 62,199 Republicans and 62,171 Democrats. The remaining voters are registered in various smaller parties and 22,180 are unaffiliated.
-Mary Gail Hare