New voter registration statistics show Democrats have erased the voter registration advantage Republicans held in the 36th Congressional District and technically turned the district blue.
Democrats now outnumber Republicans by 118 voters, according to figures released today by the California Secretary of State’s office.
A total of 292,936 voters are registered in the 36th Congressional seat, which includes the entire Coachella Valley.
Of those, 114,406 people — or 39.05 percent — are registered Democrats and 114,288 voters — or 39.01 percent — are Republican.
The figures show another 50,115 people have no party preference, making up 17.11 percent of all registered voters in the district.
The new tally means Tuesday’s election will be the first time that Republican Rep. Mary Bono Mack of Palm Springs has sought re-election in a blue district. She faces Democratic challenger Raul Ruiz, an emergency room physician from Palm Desert.
Registration for this presidential election closed on Oct. 22.