More Californians register to vote but fewer are Republicans, state says

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More people have registered to vote in California since the last major election in 2012, but the number of Republicans in the Democrat-dominated state continues to drop, according to state data released.

Democrats hold all statewide elective offices and large majorities in both houses of the legislature in the most populous U.S. state.

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There were just under 4.8 million Republicans registered in the state as of Jan. 3, down from nearly 5.2 million in early January 2012, the last presidential election cycle, Secretary of State Alex Padilla said Monday.

Republicans accounted for 27.62 percent of registered voters in California, down from 30.36 percent in 2012, according to the data, which was posted on Padilla's state website.

Most of that change was reflected in the number of voters registering as independents, which went up by just under 3 percent. In January 2016, the number of Californians indicating that they preferred not to state a party preference was 4.1 million, up from 3.6 million in 2012. Independents accounted for 24 percent of all registered voters in 2016, up from about 21 percent in 2012.

The number of Democrats remained about the same at roughly 7.4 million.

The number of people registered to vote in California rose by about 231,000 since 2012 to 17.3 million.

Related: See what percentage of each state's residents lean Democratic or Republican, as of 2015:

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More Californians register to vote but fewer are Republicans, state says

Massachusetts

Democratic Lean: 51.4%
Republican Lean: 29.6%
Democratic Advantage: 21.8
Gallup Classification: Solid Democratic

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Maryland

Democratic Lean: 52.8%
Republican Lean: 31.9%
Democratic Advantage: 20.9
Gallup Classification: Solid Democratic

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Rhode Island

Democratic Lean: 48.6%
Republican Lean: 29.2%
Democratic Advantage: 19.4
Gallup Classification: Solid Democratic

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New York

Democratic Lean: 48.7%
Republican Lean: 31.4%
Democratic Advantage: 17.3
Gallup Classification: Solid Democratic

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Vermont

Democratic Lean: 46.8%
Republican Lean: 30.7%
Democratic Advantage: 17.3
Gallup Classification: Solid Democratic

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California

Democratic Lean: 47.4%
Republican Lean: 30.7%
Democratic Advantage: 16.1
Gallup Classification: Solid Democratic

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Hawaii

Democratic Lean: 49.3%
Republican Lean: 34.8%
Democratic Advantage: 14.5
Gallup Classification: Solid Democratic

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Delaware

Democratic Lean: 47.4%
Republican Lean: 34.1%
Democratic Advantage: 13.3
Gallup Classification: Solid Democratic

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Illinois

Democratic Lean: 47.0%
Republican Lean: 34.5%
Democratic Advantage: 12.5
Gallup Classification: Solid Democratic

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Connecticut

Democratic Lean: 46.9%
Republican Lean: 35.2%
Democratic Advantage: 11.7
Gallup Classification: Solid Democratic

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New Jersey

Democratic Lean: 45.7%
Republican Lean: 34.0%
Democratic Advantage: 11.7
Gallup Classification: Solid Democratic

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Washington

Democratic Lean: 44.7%
Republican Lean: 37.1%
Democratic Advantage: 7.6
Gallup Classification: Lean Democratic

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New Mexico

Democratic Lean: 44.9%
Republican Lean: 38.1%
Democratic Advantage: 6.8
Gallup Classification: Lean Democratic

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Pennsylvania

Democratic Lean: 45.8%
Republican Lean: 39.2%
Democratic Advantage: 6.6
Gallup Classification: Lean Democratic

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Michigan

Democratic Lean: 43.7%
Republican Lean: 37.1%
Democratic Advantage: 6.6
Gallup Classification: Lean Democratic

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Maine

Democratic Lean: 43.6%
Republican Lean: 38.4%
Democratic Advantage: 5.2
Gallup Classification: Lean Democratic

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Oregon

Democratic Lean: 44.5%
Republican Lean: 39.4%
Democratic Advantage: 5.1
Gallup Classification: Lean Democratic

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Minnesota

Democratic Lean: 43.8%
Republican Lean: 39.2%
Democratic Advantage: 4.6
Gallup Classification: Competitive

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Florida

Democratic Lean: 42.2%
Republican Lean: 39.3%
Democratic Advantage: 2.9 
Gallup Classification: Competitive

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West Virginia

Democratic Lean: 41.1%
Republican Lean: 39.0%
Democratic Advantage: 2.1
Gallup Classification: Competitive

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Wisconsin

Democratic Lean: 42.8%
Republican Lean: 41.2
Democratic Advantage: 1.6
Gallup Classification: Competitive

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North Carolina

Democratic Lean: 42.2%
Republican Lean: 40.8%
Democratic Advantage: 1.4
Gallup Classification: Competitive

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Colorado

Democratic Lean: 42.6%
Republican Lean: 41.3%
Democratic Advantage: 1.3
Gallup Classification: Competitive

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Nevada

Democratic Lean: 40.0%
Republican Lean: 39.5%
Democratic Advantage: 0.5 
Gallup Classification: Competitive

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Louisiana

Democratic Lean: 42.2%
Republican Lean: 42.7%
Republican Advantage: 0.5
Gallup Classification: Competitive

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Ohio

Democratic Lean: 41.4%
Republican Lean: 42.1%
Republican Advantage: 0.7
Gallup Classification: ​Competitive

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Arizona

Democratic Lean: 38.7%
Republican Lean: 40.0%
Republican Advantage: 1.3
Gallup Classification: ​​Competitive

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Virginia

Democratic Lean: 39.7%
Republican Lean: 41.9%
Republican Advantage: 2.2
Gallup Classification: ​​Competitive

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Iowa

Democratic Lean: 39.7%
Republican Lean: 42.0%
Republican Advantage: 2.3
Gallup Classification: ​​Competitive

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New Hampshire

Democratic Lean: 40.2%
Republican Lean: 43.2%
Republican Advantage: 3.0
Gallup Classification: ​​Competitive

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Kentucky

Democratic Lean: 41%
Republican Lean: 44.1%
Republican Advantage: 3.1
Gallup Classification: ​​Competitive

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Georgia

Democratic Lean: 38.9%
Republican Lean: 42.8%
Republican Advantage: 3.9
Gallup Classification: ​​Competitive

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Texas

Democratic Lean: 37.4%
Republican Lean: 41.3%
Republican Advantage: 3.9
Gallup Classification: ​​Competitive

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Missouri

Democratic Lean: 39.3%
Republican Lean: 43.8%
Republican Advantage: 4.5
Gallup Classification: ​​Competitive

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South Carolina

Democratic Lean: 39.1%
Republican Lean: 44.0%
Republican Advantage: 4.9
Gallup Classification: ​​Competitive

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Indiana

Democratic Lean: 37.4%
Republican Lean: 44.1%
Republican Advantage: 6.7
Gallup Classification: ​​Lean Republican

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Arkansas

Democratic Lean: 36.8%
Republican Lean: 43.5%
Republican Advantage: 6.7
Gallup Classification: ​​Lean Republican

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Oklahoma

Democratic Lean: 37.6%
Republican Lean: 45.3%
Republican Advantage: 7.7
Gallup Classification: ​​Lean Republican

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Mississippi

Democratic Lean: 38.2%
Republican Lean: 46.4%
Republican Advantage: 8.2
Gallup Classification: ​​Lean Republican

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Alaska

Democratic Lean: 34.0%
Republican Lean: 43.7%
Republican Advantage: 9.7
Gallup Classification: ​​Lean Republican

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Nebraska

Democratic Lean: 37.6%
Republican Lean: 48.5%
Republican Advantage: 10.9
Gallup Classification: ​​Solid Republican

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North Dakota

Democratic Lean: 35.7%
Republican Lean: 46.8%
Republican Advantage: 11.1
Gallup Classification: ​​Solid Republican

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Tennessee

Democratic Lean: 35.4%
Republican Lean: 46.7%
Republican Advantage: 11.3
Gallup Classification: ​​Solid Republican

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Kansas

Democratic Lean: 35.6%
Republican Lean: 47.9%
Republican Advantage: 12.3
Gallup Classification: ​​Solid Republican

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Alabama

Democratic Lean: 34.7%
Republican Lean: 48.8%
Republican Advantage: 14.1
Gallup Classification: ​​Solid Republican

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Montana

Democratic Lean: 32.8%
Republican Lean: 50.5%
Republican Advantage: 17.7
Gallup Classification: ​​Solid Republican

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South Dakota

Democratic Lean: 32.4%
Republican Lean: 50.8%
Republican Advantage: 18.4
Gallup Classification: ​​Solid Republican

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Idaho

Democratic Lean: 26.6%
Republican Lean: 51.8%
Republican Advantage: 25.2
Gallup Classification: ​​Solid Republican

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Utah

Democratic Lean: 25.9%
Republican Lean: 59.0%
Republican Advantage: 33.1
Gallup Classification: ​​Solid Republican

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Wyoming

Democratic Lean: 23.1%
Republican Lean: 58.6%
Republican Advantage: 35.5
Gallup Classification: ​​Solid Republican

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