Going Below 50

Recently, it was reported that those registered as Democrats in Louisiana dipped below 50% for the first time since the state started maintaining party registration statistics over five decades ago. This means that of those registered to vote as of August 1, 49.6% are Democrats, 27% are Republicans, and 23% are Independents. If you analyze the data at a more detailed level, you’ll see that the Democratic Party is in structural trouble, while Independents, from a numerical standpoint, are rapidly approaching “second party” status in Louisiana.

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