More Democrats than Republicans in Riverside County, but southwest county still has red tint

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In Valley News’ coverage area, registered Democrats outnumber Republicans in San Jacinto, Hemet and Lake Elsinore; however, Republicans retain an edge in Temecula, Murrieta, Wildomar, Menifee and Canyon Lake, according to the California Secretary of State’s Office. Valley News/file photo
For most of its history, Riverside County has been a stronghold of the Republican Party, with the Republican candidate for president carrying the county in all but four elections until 2008. That year, Barack Obama won the county by about 2%. He went on to win the county by a narrower margin of around 1.5% in 2012, and Hillary Clinton carried Riverside County by more than 5 points in 2016, albeit with a higher percentage of voters casting their ballots for third-party candidates that year. As of Oct. 19, 2020, there were more registered Democrats in Riverside County than Republicans, with 39.71% of the county’s population being Democrats, 32.57% Republicans, 21.48% reporting no party preference and the remaining approximately 6% registered to third parties, according to data from t
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