Chester County has been turning blue steadily for almost 20 years. In 2000, Republicans enjoyed an 80,000-registration advantage. By 2008, the gap was only 25,000, but then Democratic progress slowed for a bit. By November 2016 the gap was 18,000, but in two years the gap had shrunk to 11,000, then to 7,000 a year later. And as of last week Democrats enjoyed a margin of 228 voter registrations. Some might call Chesco a blue county (and it’s true that all but one county office is now held by a Democrat), others might call it one of the only truly “purple” counties in the country, but however you look at it, Chester is a battleground where 20 years of activism have nullified a once-formidable Republican lead in registrations.
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