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Here are some numbers worth pondering as you ponder this year’s elections in North Carolina.

On May 6, 1.58 million people voted in the Democratic presidential primary. That’s more than the 1.52 million who voted for John Kerry and John Edwards here in November 2004.

Thanks to this year’s registration surge, there are now 2.6 million registered Democrats in North Carolina. That’s potentially another million votes for the Democrat.

By contrast, there are 1.9 million registered Republicans in the state. That’s exactly the same as the number of votes Bush/Cheney got four years ago: 1.9 million.

In addition to the million more Democrats, there is another wild card: the 1.2 million North Carolina voters who are registered unaffiliated.

Those numbers make North Carolina look inviting for Democrats this year – and for the future.

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