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US registered voters hit 200M

WASHINGTON (PNA/Xinhua) – More than 200 million Americans are registered to vote in this year’s presidential election, a record high in US history, TargetSmart, a Democratic political data firm, said Wednesday.

National registration now stands at 200,081,377 voters, Tom Bonier, CEO of TargetSmart, told local media.

The figure means more than 50 million new people have registered to vote in the past eight years. Only 146.3 million were registered as recently as 2008, when Barack Obama first won the White House.

Overall, TargetSmart found that 42.6 percent of the new voters registered this year lean toward Democratic, with 29 percent leaning toward Republican and 28.4 percent favoring independent.

“As we cross the threshold of 200 million registered voters for the first time, there are signs of an ever diversifying electorate, and one that is more favorable to Democratic candidates,” Bonier said.

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