Pa. voter registration hits record 8.6M

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - October 7, 2008 Last-minute registrations on Monday, the deadline, still have to be counted, but the total released by the State Department already far exceeds the previous record of 8.4 million set in 2004.

Democrats saw the biggest gains - an increase of more than 500,000 new voters, or 13 percent, in the past year. Republicans saw their ranks shrink slightly by about 28,000 or 1 percent.

Statewide, there are at least 4,387,027 Democrats and 3,217,464 Republicans.

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