I'm looking at some data about the outcome of the 2016 election, and even though I think I'm quite politically tuned in, I must be missing something.
My question is pertaining to California's 21st US congressional district. According to data provided by the California Secretary of State, this is the breakdown of voter registration by party for their roughly 225,000 people that registered to vote:
- 46.37% were registered Democrats.
- 29.00% were registered Republicans
- 2.41% were registered independents.
And yet, the Republican in that district won by a margin of 13.4 points. In fact, as of October 24th 2016, there were apparently only 65,323 registered Republicans, but the Republican candidate garnered 75,126 votes versus the Democrat's 57,282 votes.
Can someone please explain this to me? I mean, I get that some registered Democrats may have voted Republican, but by these margins?
I'm not normally one to don a tinfoil hat, but what the hell is going on?