The Corner

A Sign of Things to Come?

News from California:

In another possible sign of Election Day trouble for Gov. Gray Davis, almost 40,000 more Californians registered as Republicans than Democrats during the heart of the recall campaign, according to figures released Friday by the Secretary of State’s Office.

Although the GOP edge in new registrations probably is too small to swing an election in which more than 15 million people can vote, political analysts say it could be an indication that Republicans are more energized than Democrats about the recall — and more likely to go to the polls Tuesday.

“The numbers themselves aren’t terribly significant,” said Jack Pitney, a professor of government at Claremont McKenna College. “But the Republican gains may be a strong wind of a Republican trend in the electorate. . . . That is likely to hurt Davis and help Arnold Schwarzenegger.”

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