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Answer to Quiz: El Cerrito Not a GOP Stronghold

Yesterday we ran a quiz on the percent of registered voters listed as Republican in El Cerrito. Here's the answer, plus ratios of other parties in the city, and a comparison of Democrat concentrations in all Contra Costa County cities.

With public attention turning increasingly to the November elections and politics, we published a short quiz yesterday, Wednesday, asking readers to estimate the percentage of registered El Cerrito voters listed as Republican.

The answer will come as a surprise to the vast majority of those who responded, as it did to us.

El Cerrito has 13,437 registered voters, according to the latest figures from the Contra Costa County Elections Division. The number of Republicans is 1,326, or 9.9 percent.

Of the 84 responses to the quiz, 80 guessed a higher GOP ratio.

Democrats comprise the biggest part of the city's electorate by far – 63.5 percent – giving El Cerrito the third highest percentage of Democrats among Contra Costa County's 19 cities. The most Democratic city is Richmond (67.8 percent), followed by San Pablo (65.6 percent).

El Cerrito does lead the county in the ratio of Green Party members, however. With 296 registered Greens, its electorate is 2.2 percent Green, highest in Contra Costa.

Republicans outnumber Democrats in only two cities in the county, Clayton and Danville. Clayton is 39.0 percent GOP and 38.0 percent Democrat. Danville voters are 43.1 percent Republican and 33.9 percent Democrat. The Green Party in Danville represents 0.3 percent of the voters.

The pie chart accompanying this article shows each party's percentage in El Cerrito, and the accompanying bar chart shows what percent of voters are registered Democrat in each of the county's cities. Also attached in the Contra Costa County Elections Division chart on county voter registrations.

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Pamela Gilbert-Snyder June 28, 2012 at 05:25 PM
I'm shocked that so many people thought El Cerrito was dominated by Republicans! I guess not many have done precinct-walking at election time...
Paul D June 28, 2012 at 06:04 PM
9.9% still haven't figured it out, huh?
Al Miller June 28, 2012 at 06:56 PM
For you 63.5% registered Democrats, the El Cerrito Democratic Club meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month except for October, when we have our annual dinner and December when we have our annual Holiday Party. Everyone is welcome to attend, but only registered Democrats may become members and only members can vote on club business and endorsements. We meet in the Makemie Hall of the ZION Presbyterian Church, 545 Ashbury Avenue (across the street from the ECHS Tennis Center). Pizza ($5.00) and social half-hour at 6:00 p.m. with our meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. We are usually done by 8:30 or 9:00 p.m. Our web site (www.ecdclub.org) is in re-construction mode, but you can join there via PayPal. Stop by our booth at the El Cerrito Fourth of July and World ONE Music Festival for more information. We are on Pomona in Booth # 28.

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