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Democrats Outnumber Republicans in Medford More than 6 to 1

When it comes to party enrollment, how does Medford compare to its neighbors?

With Democrats representing Medford in both state and U.S. houses and senates, we already know how the city likes to vote. But just how strong are Medford's loyalties to the Democratic Party?

We looked at more current voter registration numbers compiled by the Massachusetts Secretary of State in February of this year, just before the March 6 presidential primaries to find out.

According to the data, 45.3 percent of Medford's voters are registered Democrats, compared to just 7.1 percent registered Republicans. While that's greater than a 6 to 1 margin, there are more unenrolled voters than either group, comprising 47 percent of the city's registered voters. 

It isn't all that unusual: in Massachusetts as a whole, unenrolled voters represent the largest chunk. 52.2 percent of voters across Massachusetts aren't registered with a political party.

See how Medford's numbers compare to communities nearby:

Town Total voters Democrat (% total) Republican (% total) Green-Rainbow (% total) Unenrolled (% total) Arlington 28,941 13,641 (47.1%) 2128 (7.3%) 40 (0.1%) 13,039 (54%) Boston 352,112 194,673 (55.2%) 23,722 (6.7%) 536 (0.1%) 131,726 (37.4%) Cambridge 61,298 35,785 (58.3%) 2842 (4.6%) 223 (0.4%) 22,162 (36.1%) Chelsea 12,827 6969 (54.3%) 796 (6.2%) 11 (0.08%) 4983 (38.8%) Everett 18,591 9447 (50.8%) 960 (5.1%) 13 (0.07%) 8082 (43.4%) Lynnfield 9069 1946 (21.4%) 1765 (19.4%) 3 (0.03%) 5319 (58.6%) Malden 28,927 12,963 (44.8%) 1773 (6.1%) 35 (0.1%) 14,023 (48.4%) Medford 34,773 15,738 (45.3%) 2,493 (7.1%) 49 (0.1%) 16,348 (47%) Melrose 18,720 6623 (35.3%) 2207 (11.7%) 11 (0.06%) 9796 (52.3%) Reading 16,989 5279 (31%) 2710 (15.9%) 10 (0.06%) 8919 (52.5%) Revere 24,410 11,829 (48.4%) 1855 (7.6%) 17 (0.04%) 10,617 (43.4%) Saugus 17,295 5857 (33.8%) 1718 (9.9%) 11 (0.06%) 9636 (55.7%) Somerville 43,632 23,553 (53.9%) 1967 (4.5%) 140 (0.3%) 17,776 (40.7%) Stoneham 14,678 4916 (33.4%) 1609 (10.9%) 11 (0.07%) 8079 (55%) Wakefield 16,501 5123 (31%) 2037 (12.3%) 13 (0.07%) 9245 (56%) Winchester 14,820 4493 (30.3%) 2146 (14.4%) 10 (0.06%) 8123 (54.8%) Winthrop 11,133 4553 (40.8%) 951 (8.5%) 10 (0.09%) 5583 (50.1%) Woburn 24,648 9041 (18.2%) 2610 (10.5%) 14 (0.05%) 12,853 (52.1%) Massachusetts 4,111,128 1,475,879 (35.9%) 466,431 (11.35%) 5103 (0.12%) 2,145,108 (52.2%)
Freddy August 03, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Stupid is as stupid does
raymay August 03, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Don't let the door hit you on the way to Lynnfield...
Phil September 03, 2012 at 04:33 PM
raymay are you for real? Your D party certainly isn't your grandfathers D party. Don't let the door hit you on the way back to Mattapan.

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