San Diego County has 482,246 registered Democrats — holding their lead over the GOP, with 460,062, according to the latest voter tally.
About 100 of them are expected at Tuesday night’s CNN Democratic presidential debate watch party in Old Town. And like the Republicans a month ago at Emerald Chinese Cuisine, the Democrats chose an ethnic eatery.
Busby, a former candidate for Congress, will miss the party. She’ll see the debate live in Las Vegas. But local Democrats expect an Alamo appearance by Rep. Loretta Sanchez of Garden Grove — the second-highest ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee and a candidate for U.S. Senate.
Busby expects the Democratic primary battle to be “unpredictable and exciting,” she wrote in her preview of the party’s first debate of the 2016 cycle.
“We’ve seen Republican presidential candidates engage in personal bickering, political posturing and one-upmanship that exposed positions ranging from the nonsensical to the downright scary,” she wrote. “It will be refreshing to watch and listen to our candidates debate actual facts and share their visions of America.”
Also like the county GOP, Democrats are holding an online straw poll.
“We will announce how many people took part when the results are announced, which will be Thursday in our monthly newsletter the Blue View,” said Eva Posner, the party’s communications coordinator.
In 2012, local Democrats watched the general-election debates at their campaign offices, Posner said.
“For prior elections, like 2008, we held dozens of watch parties at dozens of venues,” she said Monday. “We also have a network of clubs that hosted watch parties at homes, restaurants and offices all over the county.”
Alamo Mexican Café is at the corner of Congress and Twiggs streets near the southeast corner of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Free parking is available for the event, starting at 5 p.m.
“In addition to multiple TVs, the have a very large screen that our guests will really love,” Busby said. “They have been very gracious and accommodating.”
Democrats also can toast their number advantage.
The county Registrar of Voters reported Oct. 1 that Democrats make up 34.5 percent of voters locally, compared with the Republicans’ 32.9 percent. Independent voters make up most of the rest.
In the city of San Diego, Democrats outnumber Republicans 234,395 to 157,540 — or 39 percent to 26.3 percent — out of nearly 600,000 registered voters.
But the local GOP has a big lead over Democrats on one front: social media.
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