Last month was a good one for both major political parties in Alaska, but the numbers show it was just a little bit better for Republicans.
Last month both the Alaska Republican Party and Alaska Democratic Party held their presidential caucuses. Both Republicans and Democrats require caucus participants to be registered members of their party. That means large groups of voters who are registered as “undeclared” or “non-partisan” but want to vote for their favorite candidate such as Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, or Bernie Sanders must register with that candidate’s party to vote for them.
Those party rules allow party insiders the opportunity to gauge their grassroots support by tracking registration changes.
According to the Alaska Division of Elections (DOE) just before the caucuses in March, Alaska had 134,676 registered Republicans, 70,187 Democrats and 275,572 undeclared and non-partisan voters. At the beginning of April, after the caucuses those numbers had shifted to 138,973 Republicans, 72,304 Democrats, and 271,602 undeclared and non-partisan voters. That marks a significant net increase for both Republicans, at 4,297 (+3.2%) and 2,117 (+3.0%) for Democrats. Undeclared and non-partisan categories dropped 3,970 (-1.4%) voters.
These numbers indicate that neither party, despite record caucus turnouts, significantly changed the political trends in Alaska. The Alaska Republican Party, with 27.2% of registered voters, continues to close in on having twice as many registered members in Alaska than Democrats , who currently have only 14.2% of the voters. As usual, vastly more Alaskan voters, 53.3%, prefer to align themselves with none of the political parties.