Tracy voters bucked no state or countywide trends in
February’s presidential Primary Election, but voters turned out for Democrats
in far larger numbers than for Republicans, an unofficial analysis of election
Voters in neighborhoods across Tracy went for Hillary
Clinton over Barack Obama by 55 to 38 percent, only slightly off from San
Joaquin County as a whole, where Clinton beat Obama 56.7 to 36.3 percent. John
Edwards won only 3 percent of the vote in Tracy and 4.6 percent countywide.
On the Republican side, Tracy voters chose John McCain over
Mitt Romney, 55 to 38 percent, slightly closer than countywide results that
showed McCain beating Romney 56.5 to 36.3 percent. Mike Huckabee earned 13
percent of the vote in Tracy, compared with 14 percent countywide.
An unofficial tally of precincts in Tracy shows that 68
percent of Democrats turned out to vote, compared with 49 percent of
But San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters Austin Erdman
says what happened in February should not be used to predict results in the
November presidential election.
Though Democrats in Tracy have an edge in voter registration
— 12,272 to 10,039, or 55 to 45 percent — February’s primary rules greatly
That’s because those who declined to register with a
political party were allowed to vote for Democrats but were barred from voting
Republican in the primary. In Tracy, 5,099 voters declined to state a party.
Erdman also said news stories drove many of those
independent voters to the polls in the late afternoon Feb. 5, when reports
predicted that undecided voters in California would make the difference in the
At about 3 or 4 p.m., “we had a huge surge reported at the
polls,” Erdman said. “People who came in and said, ‘I want to vote Democrat.’”
Even a few Republicans asked to vote Democrat, but rules
“The news had a huge effect, and we saw this all over,” he
said, “not just in this county.”
Countywide, there are 245,7812 registered voters; 104,540
are Democrats, 98,088 are Republicans and 34,225 decline to state party
affiliation, according to the California Secretary of State’s office.