The Central Valley lags far behind in voter registration and participation. Across California, voter registration averages almost 90% of eligible voters. In the Central Valley, the average is much less (70 – 80%). This is a great opportunity to bring more voters into the Democratic fold.
Kings, Tulare, and Kern counties are home to about 1.5 million people – represented by three Republican Congressmen (Reps. Devin Nunes, Kevin McCarthy, and David Valadao), Republicans outnumber Democrats by only a few thousand voters. We can turn these counties Blue!
In the 2020 election, CA-21 voter turnout was a record at 170,000 voters. That’s the good news. The bad news is this was still the smallest turnout in California, where participation averaged 300,000 – 400,000 voters per congressional district. Here alone, there are tens of thousands of voters to be contacted, listened to, and motivated to vote.
And in the 2018 and 2020 elections, the Democratic candidate in CA-22 lost to the Republican incumbent (Devin Nunes) by approximately 25,000 votes. This is nearly identical to the margin of Republican versus Democrat voter registration in the district.