Political battle lines are drawn in Connecticut, as they are throughout the country, as Democrats and Republicans scramble toward Tuesday’s election. But while the state and the nation seem sharply divided into hostile camps of donkeys and elephants, it is unaffiliated voters who still rule in Connecticut.
Overall, 42 percent of the state’s active voters registered without affiliating with a political party. Of the rest, 37 percent are Democrats, 21 percent are Republicans and fewer than 1 percent are registered with a minor party.
There are more unaffiliated voters than either Republicans or Democrats in 140 of the state’s 169 towns (and in 22 municipalities, unaffiliateds have an outright majority). Of the 29 towns where unaffiliated voters do not have a plurality, Democrats have the lead in 22, and Republicans lead in seven.
The map below displays a merge of colors for each town in Connecticut, based on its makeup of Democrats, Republicans and voters who are registered as unaffiliated or as members of minor-party candidates. The source colors are shown above the map – blue for Democrats, red for Republicans and green for other registered voters. The degree to which a town’s shading approaches those colors indicates the prominence of that affiliation among the town’s registered voters. Click on any municipality for a breakdown of party affiliation. (And click here for a larger map.)
Not surprisingly, the state’s largest cities, long Democratic bastions, have decidedly blue tints, while only a few towns – Darien, New Canaan and Middlebury – are noticeably red. But most of the rest of Connecticut is a fairly muddled greenish-brown, illustrating the state’s independent streak.
Democrat Republican Unaffiliated (and minor)