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Arizona voters choosing independence

Arizona voters continue to skip the party. The Secretary of State’s Office says new registration figures show independents outnumbered Democrats for the first time in January.

From April 1 until July 1, 13,149 voters registered for the first time or re-registered without a party affiliation, bringing the total independent voters statewide to 1,043,649.

Republican registration slipped 3,243 to 1,138,802, and Democratic registration fell by 7,892 to 999,232.

Secretary of State spokesman Matt Roberts tells The Arizona Republic Democrats haven’t numbered fewer than 1 million since August 2008.

Democratic Party spokeswoman Jennifer Johnson says you’re seeing frustration, especially when you get into situations of deadlock.

Nearly 33 percent of Arizona’s registered voters have no party affiliation, compared with 18 percent a decade ago.

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