May's Republican Primary will be first in almost 80 years
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There hasn’t been a Republican Primary for a Trigg County political office in nearly 80 years.

That streak will come to an end May 16 when five magisterial districts will feature a Republican Primary – several for the first time in over 100 years.

That is the byproduct of local momentum in the local Republican Party that has seen their numbers swell significantly in a short period of time.

Registration totals released by Secretary of State Trey Grayson’s office showed the number of registered Republicans in Trigg County has jumped six-percent since the 2002 primary election and nearly tripled in the past ten years.

Of the 9,378 voters eligible to vote in the May 16 primary election, 2,404 (25.6-percent) are registered Republicans. That’s an increase of 583 since the last local primary election held four years ago.

Conversely, the number of Democrats has declined 5.5-percent, or 418 voters, over the same period.

Not coincidently, there is a dramatic increase in the number of Republicans appearing on the local primary ballot.

“We’ve been preaching that Trigg County has been ready for a two-party system for some time,” said J.D. Howell, chairman of the county’s Republican party. “By offering the voters a choice in the primary, we feel optimistic as a party that we can do some things this fall.”

Howell said there were nearly 2,800 registered Democrats who voted with the Republican Party in electing the President, state representative, and state senator two years ago.

“People are voting for the person instead of the party,” Howell said.

Among the reasons for the increase in Republican registration, Howell said the continuing influx of new residents who are Republicans has been more visible in recent years.

“We also had several hundred people switch parties in the last year-and-a-half from the Democratic side. I think the liberalism that is prevailing in the Democratic Party is turning off a lot of local people here in Trigg County,” Howell said.

Every voting precinct in the county showed an increase in Republican registration, ranging from 1.7-percent in Northwest Cadiz to 9.3-percent in the Canton #2 precinct.

For the rest of this story, please see this week's edition of The Cadiz Record.
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